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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Louisiana Governor Protects Religious Freedom

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently issued an Executive Order to protect religious liberty and prevent the state from discriminating against those with deeply held religious beliefs. This happened after the legislature handed the governor a significant defeat for his bill about marriage. A committee had voted 10-2 to shelve the bill supported by the governor, the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act. That measure would have prevented the government from discriminating against a person or a non-profit because of support for traditional marriage.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said, “These ten legislators voted today against freedom and against two-thirds of Louisianans who support the Marriage and Conscience Act. This is a failure of leadership and goes to the heart of what's wrong with American politics today.” When Perkins said Louisianans, he included Democrats. The bill was very popular; even 63 percent of Democrats supported it. Big corporations like IBM played their part in strong-arming against the bill, but Governor Jindal would not be deterred. He said he would not be intimidated by corporations that were pressured by radical liberals.

Jindal followed through with his statement. After the bill was killed in the legislature, Governor Jindal issued an Executive Order to accomplish the mission that the bill tried to do. He said, “In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage. That’s why I’m issuing an Executive Order to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

I applaud Governor Jindal’s courageous decision to listen to the people, who were overwhelmingly in favor of traditional marriage.

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