A Republican member of the Georgia House has filed a bill that would allow business owners to turn away gay and lesbian couples seeking goods or services for a “matrimonial ceremony.”

State Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill (HB 756) would allow florists, bakers or any other private business owner to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay couples.

The bill is a clear response to the Supreme Court's June finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

“No sole proprietor, partner in a business partnership, or statutory close corporation … shall be required to sell goods or services directly to a religious organization or for a religious or matrimonial ceremony in violation of such seller's right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States,” the bill states.

Tanner has also proposed a bill (the “Pastor Protection Act”) which seeks to reiterate that religious leaders cannot be compelled to marry gay couples.