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Conservative group tries to resurrect religious freedom bill

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There is only one day left to turn an idea into law in Georgia and just when it seems like a controversial religious-freedom proposal is dead, a conservative group is trying resurrect it.

Thursday is Sine Die, the final day of the legislative session when bills must be approved or die.

The Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders rallied at the state Capitol to try to persuade lawmakers to attach language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to another bill that is still alive.

Lawmakers last month tried, but failed to pass two separate standalone bills.

Supporters said the bills would protect Georgians from federal intrusion on religious freedoms.

Gay-rights and women's groups along with corporations like Delta, UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola and Intercontinental Hotels Group have opposed the bills, saying the measures would have allowed businesses and healthcare providers to discriminate based on religious reasons.

The conservative coalition denied that accusation.

When asked if the proposals would open the possibility of discrimination, coalition co-founder Julianne Thompson said "it hasn't nationally and it's the federal law."

Thompson said religious freedoms are under attack.

When asked why constitutional protections were not adequate, Thompson responded "the constitution also protects Second Amendment rights and we feel it is important to protect the First Amendment rights as well."

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