Georgia Republicans are poised to vote this week on a bill to amend the state’s marriage code to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The amendment would be on the agenda for a special House session on Monday.
If approved, the Georgia Senate would vote on the bill on Wednesday and the House would consider it Thursday.
The legislation would allow same sex couples to wed in Georgia without a court order and would not require any state approval.
The bill is being backed by the Family Research Council and the Family Policy Institute.
“Georgia’s laws are among the most restrictive in the nation, with only six states allowing same-gender marriages, and most are in states with deeply conservative legislatures,” said the FRC’s executive vice president, Mat Staver.
“This bill will not change Georgia’s marriage laws.
We are confident that it will pass the Senate and the governor’s desk.”
The Family Policy Council is one of the largest evangelical Christian organizations in the country.
The group’s president, Tony Perkins, has been a frequent critic of gay marriage.
“There is no question that the marriage issue is very divisive in the church, and I am very confident that Georgia’s bill will win passage,” Perkins said in a statement.
“We will continue to fight for equal rights for all Americans and will work to protect the religious freedoms and liberties that make Georgia such a wonderful place.”
The Georgia GOP’s vote on Thursday comes as other states have begun considering similar marriage equality measures.
North Carolina, Utah, Texas and Georgia have all introduced bills that would allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain marriage licenses.
The Georgia bill is one more in a long line of legislation that has gained the support of the far right and conservative Christian groups, who are pushing a similar measure in the House.
The GOP has also supported legislation to allow businesses to refuse service to same- sex couples.