Supporters of religious exemption bill say debate isn't over

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to veto a "religious freedom" bill has supporters vowing that the issue isn't going away.

Some of the top groups supporting the measure are set to discuss their next steps Tuesday morning.

Lawmakers adjourned Thursday for the year. They need three-fifths of each chamber to request a special session to respond to Deal's veto.

If they can't meet that high bar, backers of the bill say they'll be back with a new proposal during the next legislative session.

Gay-rights advocates, though, say Georgia lawmakers should focus on creating protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. State law doesn't offer that now for employment, housing or other services.

Deal, a Republican, said Monday that Georgia shouldn't permit discrimination to protect people of faith.