Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announces he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages, on Monday in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

The March 29 news article “Georgia governor vetoes religious liberties legislation criticized as anti-gay” said “the Georgia bill would have allowed pastors to opt out of performing same-sex weddings.” This is misleading because no legislation is needed to provide such an opt-out.

Under the First Amendment, clergy already have full authority to decide whom they will and will not marry, according to the guidance of their faith. If the Georgia legislature wants that protection to be more explicit, perhaps instead of passing a vague bill that would invite years of litigation, it could follow the example of the District, where the law clearly states: “No priest, imam, rabbi, minister, or other official of any religious society who is authorized to solemnize or celebrate marriages shall be required to solemnize or celebrate any marriage.”

Sue Mosher, Arlington