ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A south Georgia state senator remains hopeful that his religious liberty bill will become law.
Americus Republican Greg Kirk says he introduced the First Amendment Defense Act of Georgia to protect people who oppose same sex marriage.
Lawmakers made substantial changes before agreeing on a version Wednesday that they sent to Governor Nathan Deal's desk.
Critics say the bill legalizes discrimination against homosexuals. Kirk says that's not true.
Kirk says it does not allow probate court clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Kirk remains confident the governor will sign the bill.
"I think that we drafted a bill that is fair and balance and I think that it is something that he can sign and should sign, but it's ultimately his decision," said Kirk.
Kirk plans to meet with Governor Deal next week to discuss the bill.