“This has been a very difficult issue and one that’s tough to address,” Peake said. “I have a gay brother and I love him dearly and will love him ’til the day he dies, and I want to make sure that he’s never discriminated against for his sexual orientation.”
However despite that statement, Peake told WMAZ after the taping that he doesn’t not support same-sex marriage.
He also said he does not want legislation that would require religious people to be involved in activities that would violate their beliefs. Peake was the co-sponsor on the House version of the bill.
“I’m a recruiter and I’m really concerned that this law is going to keep companies from thinking about moving to Atlanta,” Peake told the Georgia Voice before the meeting. “It’s going to be difficult to recruit people, particularly people that are gay. I think they’re going to be worried that they might not be able to eat in a restaurant or get their wedding cake done the way they want. The main thing I want to emphasize is the negative economic impact. I see it. I’m on the front lines of trying to recruit people to Atlanta.”