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Your look at Georgia’s First Amendment Defense Act

State Sen. Greg Kirk will hold a press conference later Thursday introducing his legislation that aims to protect some employees who object to gay marriage. But a leaked version of the bill has already provoked the ire of gay rights groups and others.

The version of the legislation would block the government from taking any action against anyone who acts “in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.”

Kirk has said he designed his legislation to be more “palatable” to the business community than the religious liberty proposals that have divided the Legislature the last two years. And the version below that was making the rounds could yet be changed by this afternoon.

(Updates: Kirk outlined at a press conference what his proposal would do - and not do.)

Here's your copy of the legislation.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.