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Flight attendants union pushes for veto of Georgia's 'religious liberty' bill

The Association of Flight Attendants union issued a statement Thursday urging Gov. Nathan Deal to veto Georgia's 'religious liberty' bill.

The flight attendant union said it is scheduled to hold a board meeting in Atlanta in May and is "looking for alternate locations" should the bill become law. Delta's flight attendants are non-union, but the AFA represents flight attendants at other airlines including United and Spirit.

The religious liberty legislation 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 don't agree with those beliefs, according to the AJC's Greg Bluestein. Religious conservatives say they seek to protect religious viewpoints and prevent discrimination against faith-based groups.

But companies including Apple, Intel and PayPal, as well as the NFL, have opposed the bill.

On Thursday, the Association of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson said in a written statement: "We urge Gov. Deal to veto HB 757 and send a definitive message that Georgia is not, and will not, become a state that provides a legitimized pathway for hatred and discrimination.... We will relentlessly battle the hate spewing from this bill in Georgia or wherever it may exist until our workplaces and communities are free of hate."

Deal has until May 3 to sign or veto the bill.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.