Ralston takes a cautious approach to ‘religious liberty’ measure

House Speaker David Ralston. AJC file

House Speaker David Ralston didn’t slam the door shut on a comeback of “religious liberty” legislation, but he came close.

The Blue Ridge Republican told the AJC that any effort to revive the contentious legislation was not among his priorities.

“We’ve been really busy in the House since last session looking at ways we can take this success, this economic climate, all over Georgia,” he said, citing a transit study effort and economic development efforts in rural Georgia. “We have an awful lot of work to do. So I haven’t really thought about that.

He wasn’t quite as vociferous as Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aide was last week, but the message was clear.

Deal chief of staff Chris Riley urged the candidates in the crowded gubernatorial field to strike a cautious note next year with contentious social measures lest it imperil the bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

 

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lkjlkjadsf
lkjlkjadsf

Oh, it will be back.


As much as I'd like to see Georgia get HQ2, I think it would usher in era of Republicans who aren't so extreme if Amazon said, "We were going to pick Atlanta, but fear of 'religious liberty' legislation killed it."



BTC
BTC

How about, "Just say 'No'?"

c-bear
c-bear

ha! Ga goons think they can hide their red-headed stepchild (religious liberty) in the closet until this amazon bidding is final. well it is likely too late. amazon isn't blind to the bs.  Ga goons think they are good at pulling the wool over peoples eyes.  well not everyone is so naïve.  everyone knows the bait and switch tactics Ga goons are known for.  time to drain the swamp in Ga.  asap.  times are a changin' - hop on the train or be left at the station.

Ken Martin
Ken Martin

@c-bear you really show who you are when you call people that believe in the honoring of God as "goons" one day you'll know better !

lkjlkjadsf
lkjlkjadsf

@c-bear This is Georgia, we'll always be left at the station. We were one of 13 remaining states that hadn't legalized gay marriage. We'll be one of the last states without legal marijuana, either. 

Earl1936
Earl1936

I am proud Ga does not!👏🙂

Ace 36

Libertylover
Libertylover

Ralston and Deal would happily trade religious liberty for money. They both need to go.

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

@Libertylover Baptist live in America.....America does not live in the Baptist church.....


Get in where you fit in......


Deal did his job of separating church and state,,,,hope Ralston will do the same.

Ken Martin
Ken Martin

@Libertylover both are a poor example of what they claim to be...they along with Reed are nothing more than money grabbers to fill their pockets!

jezel-dog / Coach - me
jezel-dog / Coach - me

These bills disguised as religious.....would hurt even rural Ga....Not just Atanta


Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business

RufusATL
RufusATL

@Ken Martin @jezel-dog / Coach - me You act as if gay folks don't pay taxes like everyone else.  Just look around, there is a tax-free church on almost every corner for you.  So, DON'T PUSH IT, Bucko. 

HELLNOMARTA
HELLNOMARTA

First rule of journalism, never assume your reader knows what the heck you are referring to! What is the religious liberty bill? Why can't these rednecks ever obey the Constitution? I am a Christian but I also obey the law.