Much of the LGBTQ discourse in last year’s election revolved around the “religious liberty” legislation, a debate that has dramatically escalated since the last midterm vote in 2014.
Gov. Nathan Deal bucked his party in 2016 by vetoing a version of the bill, and some conservatives have vowed to revive it. In the runup to the GOP primary, Kemp and most of the other contenders for governor vowed to sign the measure into law.
He and other supporters see it as a noncontroversial way to defend against what they view as a siege on Christian values and provide more legal protection to the faith-based. Opponents argue it amounts to legalized discrimination and warn of boycotts and other economic fallout if it's adopted.
Seeking to tamp down the controversy, Kemp said in August he would veto any legislation that veers from a federal version of the bill signed by President Bill Clinton. He's maintained his support for the legislation, which failed to gain traction this year.