Georgia GOP rejects commendation for Young Democrats
By RAY HENRY
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican lawmakers have struck down a resolution commending Democratic youth and gay rights groups.
The measure failed Monday by a vote of 32-104. That vote was unusual since lawmakers typically approve large blocks of ceremonial resolutions unanimously without discussion.
House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal, a Republican, requested that Democratic resolution get a separate vote. He said the resolution was inappropriate because it commended the Young Democrats for volunteering for Democratic President Barack Obama's campaign. He said the resolution expressed support for political stances that his party opposes.
Democratic Minority Leader Stacey Abrams said that lawmakers have historically allowed those ceremonial resolutions to pass as a sign of courtesy.
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