GOP gu­ber­na­to­rial hope­fuls sup­port RFRA

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Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle signed a pledge to en­act a “reli­gious free­dom” mea­sure if elected, join­ing three of his ri­vals in the GOP pri­mary race for Ge­or­gia gov­er­nor who al­ready sig­naled sup­port for the pledge. That means if an anti-LGBT “reli­gious free­dom” bill hits their desk if elected gov­er­nor, they prom­ise to sign it.

Ca­gle’s de­ci­sion is a sur­prise given pre­vi­ous state­ments on the mea­sure and the party’s at­tempt to give him po­lit­i­cal cover by adopt­ing a res­o­lu­tion on Aug. 5 that “sup­ported the con­tro­ver­sial mea­sure with­out in­clud­ing a pledge” for can­di­dates to back it.

But a few days later, a con­ser­va­tive group called the Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can As­sem­bly upped the pres­sure on Ca­gle, say­ing the party’s move was “un­ac­cept­able both to Repub­li­can vot­ers and to vot­ers at large,” ac­cord­ing to the AJC.

With Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Michael Wil­liams and Hunter Hill al­ready vow­ing to sign it, the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor ap­peared boxed in on the con­tentious is­sue. But now he’s signed the pledge, tack­ing right.

Demo­cratic can­di­date Rep. Stacey Abrams re­sponded to the an­nounce­ment via Twit­ter, say­ing she is “deeply dis­ap­pointed we con­tinue to have state lead­ers push dis­crim­i­na­tion un­der the guise of re­li­gion” and pledg­ing her sup­port as a LGBT ally.

Dun­woody res­i­dent — and pre­vi­ous pres­i­den­tial can­di­date — Marc Alan Ur­bach also en­tered the gu­ber­na­to­rial race for the GOP, but had not yet made it known whether he would sign such a pledge or not.

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