ATLANTA - At a gathering of seven different churches Sunday, one pastor urged his fellow Christians to pray the religious freedom bill becomes law.
Pastor Chika Onuzo of Resurrection House for All Nations organized the multi-church event at Centennial Olympic Park.
"I pray that he will sign the bill or leave it alone so it becomes law," explained Pastor Onuzo, who also organized a prayer event in support of the bill Friday at the state Capitol. "As we make all this progress and we're accommodating everybody, we must maintain the foundation. That's all we're saying."
House Bill 757 protects pastors from performing marriages or other religious rites that go against their beliefs, such as same-sex marriages. The legislation also shields religious organizations from having to perform social, educational or charitable services that violate their religious views.
"You can go to courts to get married, but you can't use your own rights to subvert the right of a man of God to practice his faith according to the word of God," said Onuzo.
Opponents of the bill believe it will legalize discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Governor Nathan Deal has until May 3 to sign or veto the bill. If he does nothing, the bill will become law without his signature.