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Georgia Democratic lawmaker reacts to gay marriage ruling

State Rep. Dar'Shun Kendrick was in a doctor's office with her mother when the ruling was announced.

The Lithonia Democrat, who is an attorney, said the decision should settle the matter in Georgia, one if the states with a ban on marriage between same-sex couples.

The American flag flies next to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

She applauded Attorney General Sam Olens' previous announcement that Georgia would comply with whatever the court decided but worried the ruling would revive tensions about a state religious liberty bill when legislators convene in January.

"It's one thing to say a minister wi not perform or recognize a gay marriage but it's very different for a florist or cake maker to use that excuse, because a business is not a religious setting," Kendrick said.

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"I worry it could be bad PR for our state to fight this," she added. "I'm looking forward to moving past attacking people's rights in Georgia and working together on issues like transportation and education."

 

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