How Georgia lawmakers voted on the 'religious liberty' bill

The Georgia Legislature passed a “religious liberty” bill Wednesday, capping two years of intense and sometimes bitter debate at the Gold Dome.

The legislation, which is seen by some conservatives as an answer to the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage but by corporate leaders and gay rights activists as state-sanctioned discrimination.

The bill would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief” and preserve their right to fire employees who aren’t in accord with those beliefs. It would also require government to prove a “compelling governmental interest” before it interferes with a person’s exercise of religion, and it includes a clause saying it could not be used to allow discrimination banned by state or federal law.

Here is the breakdown of the vote on House Bill 757. The Speaker votes only if needed to break a tie, which was not the case.

Senate

NamePartyVote
John Albers Republican Yea
Brandon Beach Republican Yea
Charlie Bethel Republican Yea
Ellis Black Republican Yea
Dean Burke Republican Yea
Bill Cowsert Republican Yea
Mike Crane Republican Yea
Mike Dugan Republican Yea
Frank Ginn Republican Yea
Steve Gooch Republican Yea
Marty Harbin Republican Yea
Tyler Harper Republican Yea
Bill Heath Republican Yea
Jack Hill Republican Yea
Hunter Hill Republican Yea
Judson Hill Republican Yea
Chuck Hufstetler Republican Yea
William Jackson Republican Yea
Rick Jeffares Republican Yea
Burt Jones Republican Yea
John Kennedy Republican Yea
Greg Kirk Republican Yea
William Ligon, Jr. Republican Yea
P. K. Martin IV Republican Yea
Joshua McKoon Republican Yea
Fran Millar Republican Yea
Butch Miller Republican Yea
Jeff Mullis Republican Yea
David Shafer Republican Yea
Jesse Stone Republican Yea
Bruce Thompson Republican Yea
Lindsey Tippins Republican Yea
Renee Unterman Republican Yea
Lawrence Walker III Republican Yea
John Wilkinson Republican Yea
Tommie Williams Republican Yea
Michael Williams Republican Yea
Name Party Vote
Gloria Butler Democrat Nay
Gail Davenport Democrat Nay
Vincent Fort Democrat Nay
Ed Harbison Democrat Nay
Steve Henson Democrat Nay
Lester Jackson Democrat Nay
Donzella James Democrat Nay
Emanuel Jones Democrat Nay
Harold Jones II Democrat Nay
David Lucas Democrat Nay
Nan Orrock Democrat Nay
Elena Parent Democrat Nay
Michael "Doc" Rhett Democrat Nay
Valencia Seay Democrat Nay
Freddie Sims Democrat Nay
Horacena Tate Democrat Nay
Curt Thompson Democrat Nay
JaNice VanNess Republican Nay
Name Party Vote
Ben Watson Republican Excused

House

NamePartyVote
Stephen Allison Republican Yea
Alex Atwood Republican Yea
Mandi Ballinger Republican Yea
Timothy Barr Republican Yea
Paul Battles Republican Yea
D. C. Belton Republican Yea
Tommy Benton Republican Yea
Shaw Blackmon Republican Yea
Bruce Broadrick Republican Yea
Buzz Brockway Republican Yea
Jon Burns Republican Yea
Michael Caldwell Republican Yea
Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. Republican Yea
Wesley Cantrell Republican Yea
John Carson Republican Yea
Amy Carter Republican Yea
David Casas Republican Yea
Joyce Chandler Republican Yea
Mike Cheokas Republican Yea
David Clark Republican Yea
Valerie Clark Republican Yea
Heath Clark Republican Yea
Brooks Coleman Republican Yea
Kevin Cooke Republican Yea
Christian Coomer Republican Yea
Sharon Cooper Republican Yea
John Corbett Republican Yea
John Deffenbaugh Republican Yea
Katie Dempsey Republican Yea
Robert Dickey Republican Yea
Tom Dickson Republican Yea
Matt Dollar Republican Yea
Mike Dudgeon Republican Yea
Emory Dunahoo Republican Yea
Geoff Duncan Republican Yea
Chuck Efstration Republican Yea
Earl Ehrhart Republican Yea
Terry England Republican Yea
James Epps Republican Yea
Barry Fleming Republican Yea
Dan Gasaway Republican Yea
Sheri Gilliigan Republican Yea
Micah Gravley Republican Yea
Buddy Harden Republican Yea
Brett Harrell Republican Yea
Matt Hatchett Republican Yea
Lee Hawkins Republican Yea
Bill Hitchens Republican Yea
Susan Holmes Republican Yea
Penny Houston Republican Yea
Rick Jasperse Republican Yea
Jan Jones Republican Yea
J. B. Jones Republican Yea
Trey Kelley Republican Yea
Tom Kirby Republican Yea
David Knight Republican Yea
Dominic Lariccia Republican Yea
Jodi Lott Republican Yea
Eddie Lumsden Republican Yea
Howard Maxwell Republican Yea
John Meadows Republican Yea
Greg Morris Republican Yea
Chad Nimmer Republican Yea
Randy Nix Republican Yea
Butch Parrish Republican Yea
Don Parsons Republican Yea
Jesse Petrea Republican Yea
Clay Pirkle Republican Yea
Alan Powell Republican Yea
Jay Powell Republican Yea
Betty Price Republican Yea
Regina Quick Republican Yea
Brad Raffensperger Republican Yea
Paulette Rakestraw Republican Yea
Matt Ramsey Republican Yea
Albert Reeves Republican Yea
Trey Rhodes Republican Yea
Tom Rice Republican Yea
Terry Rogers Republican Yea
Carl Rogers Republican Yea
Roger Rutledge Republican Yea
Ed Rynders Republican Yea
Ed Setzler Republican Yea
Jason Shaw Republican Yea
Barbara Sims Republican Yea
Lynn Smith Republican Yea
Richard Smith Republican Yea
Jason Spencer Republican Yea
Ron Stephens Republican Yea
David Stover Republican Yea
Brian Strickland Republican Yea
Jan Tankersley Republican Yea
Kevin Tanner Republican Yea
Steve Tarvin Republican Yea
Darlene Taylor Republican Yea
Sam Teasley Republican Yea
Scot Turner Republican Yea
Sam Watson Republican Yea
Andrew Welch Republican Yea
Tom Weldon Republican Yea
William Werkheiser Republican Yea
Wendell Willard Republican Yea
Bruce Williamson Republican Yea
John Yates Republican Yea
Name Party Vote
Stacey Abrams Democrat Nay
Kimberly Alexander Democrat Nay
Taylor Bennett Democrat Nay
Karen Bennett Democrat Nay
Patty Bentley Democrat Nay
Beth Beskin Republican Nay
James Beverly Democrat Nay
Roger Bruce Democrat Nay
Debbie Buckner Democrat Nay
Doreen Carter Democrat Nay
Dee Dawkins-Haigler Democrat Nay
Pam Dickerson Democrat Nay
Demetrius Douglas Democrat Nay
Karla Drenner Democrat Nay
Winfred Dukes Democrat Nay
Darrel Ealum Democrat Nay
Stacey Evans Democrat Nay
Hugh Floyd Democrat Nay
Virgil Fludd Democrat Nay
Gloria Frazier Democrat Nay
Spencer Frye Democrat Nay
Pat Gardner Democrat Nay
Rich Golick Republican Nay
J. Craig Gordon Democrat Nay
Gerald Greene Republican Nay
Michele Henson Democrat Nay
Scott Holcomb Democrat Nay
Carolyn Hugley Democrat Nay
Sheila Jones Democrat Nay
LaDawn Jones Democrat Nay
Darryl Jordan Democrat Nay
Margaret Kaiser Democrat Nay
Dar'shun Kendrick Democrat Nay
Rusty Kidd Independent Nay
Pedro Marin Democrat Nay
Charles Martin Republican Nay
Rahn Mayo Democrat Nay
Dewey McClain Democrat Nay
Marie Metze Democrat Nay
Billy Mitchell Democrat Nay
Howard Mosby Democrat Nay
Mary Oliver Democrat Nay
B.J. Pak Republican Nay
Allen Peake Republican Nay
John Pezold Republican Nay
Brian Prince Democrat Nay
Nikki Randall Democrat Nay
Sandra Scott Democrat Nay
Dexter Sharper Democrat Nay
Michael Smith Democrat Nay
Earnest Smith Democrat Nay
Calvin Smyre Democrat Nay
Mickey Stephens Democrat Nay
Pam Stephenson Democrat Nay
Valencia Stovall Democrat Nay
Tom Taylor Republican Nay
Erica Thomas Democrat Nay
Mable Thomas Democrat Nay
Robert Trammell Democrat Nay
Keisha Waites Democrat Nay
David Wilkerson Democrat Nay
Joe Wilkinson Republican Nay
Chuck Williams Republican Nay
Al Williams Democrat Nay
Name Party Vote
Sharon Beasley-Teague Democrat Excused
Bob Bryant Democrat Excused
Mike Glanton Democrat Excused
Dustin Hightower Republican Excused
Wayne Howard Democrat Excused
Mack Jackson Democrat Excused
Ronnie Mabra Democrat Excused
Tom McCall Republican Excused
Jimmy Pruett Republican Excused
Earnest Williams Democrat Excused

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