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Georgia GOP delegates back passage of religious liberty bill

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Republican delegates want a state law preventing government infringement on religious beliefs, while opponents say such measures are a shield for discriminating against gay or transgender people.

Attendees at the Georgia GOP convention in Athens on Saturday backed a resolution urging passage of the bill. It was included in a package of resolutions.

The bill passed the Georgia Senate this year but stalled in the House when lawmakers adjourned in April. It remains active for the 2016 session.

It's unclear what effect the non-binding vote by delegates will have.

Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston have said they could support a version that clearly bars the measure from being used as a defense of discrimination. But the resolution calls for no changes to the existing bill.

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