Dozens of Christians celebrated Easter at Centennial Park, and they're also celebrating the passage of the "religious freedom" bill.
Pastor Chica Onozu, who organized the Easter celebration inside Centennial Park, is among those who celebrated the "religious freedom" bill.
House Bill 757 is designed to protect faith-based organizations that choose to deny services to anyone based on religion. Several are waiting to see if Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the bill. He's received a lot of pressure from companies, such as AMC, Disney and Google, which don't support the bill.
Onozu says he doesn't believe the bill condones discrimination. He says it protects pastors who don't want to jeopardize their beliefs.
"Now you can practice what you want, that's your civil right, but then you cannot use your civil right to infringe on my ability to worship God," Onozu said.
Steve Trask thinks people are only focusing on how this bill will affect the LGBT community.
"A business could say I'm Muslim, I'm not going to serve a Jewish person," Trask said, "I just think it opens Pandora's box of issues."
Georgia State Sen. Greg Kirk has been pushing for the religious freedom bill since gay marriage was legalized in June.
Several companies and businesses have been vocal in opposing the bill. Many say the bill encourages discrimination.
"The negatives will be unbelievable," said Hyatt Regency Atlanta General Manager Peter McMahon. McMahon told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that he figures his hotel alone could lose $1 million in business over the next 18 months if Deal signs the bill.
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