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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 5:35pm

Ga. Speaker: 'Religious Freedom' Bill Still Under Review

Updated: 1 year ago.
David Ralston
(Photo courtesy http://www.house.ga.gov/Speaker/en-US/default.aspx)

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says he hasn't made up his mind on a divisive bill that supporters argue will protect religious freedom.

Ralston told attendees at Thursday's Atlanta Press Club lunch that he wants more certainty about the effects of Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon's bill. It already has passed the Senate and has yet to receive a House hearing.

The Republican attorney from Blue Ridge says he believes supporters' arguments that the bill isn't intended to excuse discrimination, but appreciates opponents' concerns that it still could. Both groups have focused attention on Ralston in recent days.

Ralston repeated earlier questions about what protection the law would provide beyond the U.S. and state constitution. Ralston said he wants to know more about possible unintended consequences if lawmakers approve it.