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Bobby Jindal Has a Message for Businesses Concerned With Louisiana's Anti-gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill: 'Save Your Breath'

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is taking the hard-line stance on LGBT rights in a NYT op-ed on why he's holding firm against gay marriage and will continue to push for a bill in his state that will allow individuals and businesses to discriminate on religious grounds.

Writes Jindal:

JindalAs the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

In 2010, Louisiana adopted a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits government from unduly burdening a person’s exercise of religion. However, given the changing positions of politicians, judges and the public in favor of same-sex marriage, along with the potential for discrimination against Christian individuals and businesses that comes with these shifts, I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.

The legislation would prohibit the state from denying a person, company or nonprofit group a license, accreditation, employment or contract — or taking other “adverse action” — based on the person or entity’s religious views on the institution of marriage. [...]

If we, as conservatives, are to succeed in advancing the cause of freedom and free enterprise, the business community must stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for religious liberty. The left-wing ideologues who oppose religious freedom are the same ones who seek to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. The same people who think that profit making is vulgar believe that religiosity is folly. The fight against this misguided, government-dictating ideology is one fight, not two. Conservative leaders cannot sit idly by and allow large corporations to rip our coalition in half.

In Jindal's State of the State address earlier this month, he declared that enacting an Indiana-style "license to discriminate" bill was one of his top three legislative priorities. IBM has already spoken out against the bill, warning Jindal that the company "will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law," and that the legislation "is antithetical to our company's values." 

“It’s disappointing that Gov. Bobby Jindal is supporting this bill which permits discrimination in the name of religion,” adds SarahJane Brady, executive director of the Forum for Equality. “This bill permits discrimination against interfaith couple and interracial couples, not just the gay and transgender community. The truth is this bill is not about religious freedom — we all have that guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions. The bill just gives a license to discriminate in Louisiana.”

 


Bobby Jindal Digs His Heels In on Discriminatory Religious Freedom Bill As IBM Issues Stern Warning to Lawmakers

Seemingly unfazed by the backlash Indiana and Arizona faced during their debates over "licenses to discriminate," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is moving full steam ahead on a "religious freedom" bill, the AP reports:

JindalThe Republican governor, speaking to reporters in a wide-ranging interview, attempted to flip the script on opponents by describing the bill as an anti-discrimination measure designed to protect Christians who are morally opposed to same-sex marriage in an increasingly permissive society.

"Religious liberty is not just about the ability to pray a couple of hours a week," said Jindal, who has presidential ambitions built on an appeal to evangelical Christians and social conservatives. "Religious liberty is about being able to live your life seven days a week according to your beliefs."

As written, the "Marriage and Conscience Act" — a cornerstone of Jindal's legislative agenda — would prohibit the state from denying any resident or business a license, benefits or tax deductions because of actions taken "in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction" about marriage.

The proposal has already received push-back, with IBM writing this week that the company "will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law," and that the legislation "is antithetical to our company's values."

Jindal responded to IBM with a letter of his own, which you can read AFTER THE JUMP...

Promisingly, Senate President John Alario remains "skeptical" of the legislation. 

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Bobby Jindal Says He Supports Louisiana's Aggressively Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill

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A "religious liberty" introduced in Louisiana last week is as aggressive and anti-gay as the one that caused nationwide outrage in Indiana last week and Governor Bobby Jindal now says he'll support it, the Times-Picayune reports:

The Louisiana legislation is not exactly the same as the laws introduced in Indiana and Arkansas, but it deals with many of the same issues related to same-sex marriage and religious protections.

Legal scholars said the bill would allow private businesses to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage, should it become legal in Louisiana. The legislation would -- among other things -- allow a private company to not offer the same benefits to legally-recognized same-sex married couples as other married couples, on the basis of a religious objection.

Governor Bobby Jindal, who appeared on Meet the Press over the weekend but did not commit to supporting the bill, now says he will:

"Yes, we support the bill. This is a common sense bill that provides necessary protections for individuals to prevent adverse treatment from the state based on religious beliefs regarding marriage," said Shannon Bates Dirmann, spokeswoman for the governor, in a written statement.

Jindal also told hate group leader Tony Perkins on his radio show that Christian businesses who won't serve gays are the real victims of discrimination.


Bobby Jindal Doesn't Want to Create 'Special' Rights Protecting LGBT Individuals From Discrimination: VIDEO

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In an interview with Meet the Press on Sunday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that while he "doesn't think there should be discrimination against anyone" he remains uncomfortable with creating "special legal protections" that prohibit discrimination against LGBT individuals. 

Said the likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate:

I don't think certainly that there should be discrimination against anybody in housing and employment. That's not what my faith teaches me. I don't think that's appropriate and I think the good news is our society is moving in a direction of more tolerance. My concern about creating special legal protections is historically in our country, we've only done that in extraordinary circumstances. And it's not evident to me, it doesn't appear to me we're at one of those moments today.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bobby Jindal Says Businesses Who Won't Serve Gays are the Real Victims of Discrimination: VIDEO

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called in to hate group leader Tony Perkins' Family Research Council radio show on Friday to discuss the "religious liberty" laws in Indiana and Arkansas and falsely blast the Left for engaging in discrimination against Christians, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said Jindal, who is a potential GOP presidential candidate:

“Now that evangelical Christians are the ones that are being discriminated against, the left does not want to accommodate them in the same way. What’s really underneath all of this is the left preaches tolerance and diversity and openness, and that’s true, unless you disagree with them. They don’t want to discriminate anybody unless you happen to be a conservative, or in this case, an evangelical Christian, and that’s the hypocrisy in this.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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2016 GOP Hopefuls Line Up to Defend Indiana's Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The leading GOP contenders for the 2016 White House race have spoken out about Indiana's new "religious freedom" law and the #BoycottIndiana backlash - with all candidates supporting the law to varying degrees.

Find out exactly what each right-winger said to get a glimpse into how the debate over these "license to discriminate" proposals will likely play out over the coming election, AFTER THE JUMP...

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