Backers of Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ effort energized by Supreme Court decision
Unclear at the moment is whether the court’s ruling will resuscitate GOP efforts to advance a federal “religious liberty” bill in Congress. A previous version of the legislation, which would bar the federal government from penalizing people, groups or businesses that believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, had the support of all 12 of the state’s GOP members of Congress.
Georgia U.S. Reps. Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk and Rick Allen -- all conservatives -- had pushed for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the Colorado baker in a friend of the court filing, as did the Trump administration. The state's two most liberal congressmen, John Lewis and Hank Johnson, signed onto a brief supporting the gay couple.