Georgia governor defies party politics with vetoes of guns and religious liberty bill

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By RYAN PHILLIPS and KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s Republican governor rejected the two top priorities of a legislature controlled by his own party this year, defying election year politics in a deep red state.

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Gov. Nathan Deal, in his second and final term, vetoed legislation shielding opponents of gay marriage just days after the close of the legislative session in March. But he waited until Tuesday, the last possible day to issue vetoes, to block another bill that would have allowed people over 21 and with state permits to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.

Both proposals were popular with the majority of Georgia’s Republican lawmakers. But opponents aggressively lobbied Deal to block the measures.

It’s not clear how the decisions will shape Deal’s relationship with the legislature. Supporters of both bills have vowed to try again.



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