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Louisiana Sen. Karen Carter Peterson Eviscerates Bobby Jindal's Anti-gay Executive Order in Must Watch Floor Speech: VIDEO

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Karen Carter Peterson, a Louisiana state senator who represents the New Orleans area, took to the senate floor ahead of Gov. Bobby Jindal's "religious freedom" executive order earlier this week to set the record straight on Jindal's self-serving plan to circumvent the legislature and enact the discriminatory measure himself.

Said Peterson:

Jindal2"Now we've heard him talk about how he feels about executive orders, but those are at the federal level. He don't like those. But today it's okay to just ignore the House and the clear rejection of something that's just not good for our state. He didn't even have the courage to testify before the House, but he wants to roll out a press release saying what he's going to do through executive action. But guess what he did have time to do? To start running commercial, not here in New Orleans, or Baton Rouge, or Monroe - he ran a religious freedom commercial in Iowa. Are you kidding me? Why don't you roll some commercials out on how to fix this nightmare that you've created right here in Louisiana? This is ridiculous. 

Watch Peterson's full, excoriating speech as well as Jindal's "religious freedom" ad airing in Iowa, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously, "New Orleans Mayor Blasts Bobby Jindal's Anti-gay Crusade, Issues Counter Executive Order to Combat Discrimination" [tlrd]

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New Orleans Mayor Blasts Bobby Jindal's Anti-gay Crusade, Issues Counter Executive Order to Combat Discrimination

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In the wake of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision yesterday to bypass the state legislature and issue a controversial executive order protecting religious-based objection to same-sex marriage, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hoping to counter the growing anti-LGBT narrative in his state with an executive order of his own. 

The New Orleans Advocate reports:

JindalIn a statement that directly referenced Jindal’s order, Landrieu said New Orleans has managed to protect religious freedom — the stated purpose of Jindal’s order — without opening the door to discrimination.

“In New Orleans, we believe religious liberty and freedoms should be protected and discrimination prohibited, and we have passed our own laws to reflect that principle,” Landrieu said. “This executive order is an important, symbolic affirmation that discrimination in any form will not be tolerated in New Orleans — and it should not be tolerated anywhere in Louisiana.”

New Orleans, a heavily Democratic city that has a substantial gay community, has a history of sailing against the prevailing winds of social conservatism that dominate politics in the rest of the state. The city also has more to lose from the Jindal order than most of Louisiana because so much of the economy is based on conventions, tourism and special events. Jindal’s order, and the now-dead legislation that inspired it, spawned fears that Louisiana could be shunned and possibly boycotted outright by conventioneers and other visitors.

The city has had non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals on the books for two decades. 

Read Landrieu's full executive order, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bobby Jindal Bypasses Louisiana Legislature, Issues Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill As Executive Order

P_twis_jindal_140918_fa27a220ee91d325db1f357f11fa72feMaking good on his promise declared just hours ago, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order intended to protect the "religious liberty" of objectors to same-sex marriage in the state of Louisiana. The anti-gay order takes the place of House Bill 707 which was rejected today by a Louisiana House panel in a 10-2 vote. 

Jindal's decision to go through with the executive order, bypassing the legislature, comes just one day after Jindal announced that he formed an exploratory committee to seek the GOP's nomination for President. 

BuzzFeed reports:

Jindal outlined the order in a statement: “This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.” [...]

The legislation was a priority for Jindal, he said at the beginning of the year’s legislative session. He said he would “fight” to pass it amid an uproar over religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas that critics said would allow LGBT discrimination. He authored an op-ed published in the New York Times in defense of his support, declaring, “As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.”

Jindal defended the bill at home as well, “All this bill does is provide necessary protections for individuals to prevent adverse treatment from the state based on religious beliefs regarding marriage. This legislation does not allow a restaurant or industry to refuse service to a gay or lesbian person.”

Equality Louisiana, an LGBT rights group, and Louisiana Progress Action, denounced the order and suggested that Jindal's actions are squarely to do with his intended presidential bid. Via The Times-Picayune:

"It is shameful that Gov. Jindal has decided that abusing his executive power to accomplish the goals of House Bill 707, even after it was tabled indefinitely by our legislature today, is worth more effort than fixing our disastrous state budget. In his time in Iowa, he may have forgotten what everyday Louisianians value, but the testimony today against HB 707 should have reminded him. Discrimination is not a Louisiana value.

"Gov. Jindal is clearly trying to leave the biggest mess possible, as he readies himself to spend even less time in Louisiana and to launch his presidential campaign. In the end, his extreme ideology is only making the state a worse place for those of us who actually plan to live here past his last day in office."    

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) had a similar assessment: 

“This executive order falls into category of unnecessary, gratuitous and discriminatory,” Sainz told BuzzFeed News. “On the same day that Louisiana legislators had the good sense to turn back discrimination, Governor Jindal, who’s facing one of the lowest approval ratings in state history, decided to promote his presidential fortunes by championing ignorance. He’s on the wrong side of this issue and will no doubt be on the wrong side of history.”


Bobby Jindal Defiant After Louisiana House Panel Kills Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill

A Louisiana House Committee today voted down HB 707, an anti-gay 'religious freedom bill' favored by Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. In the wake of its defeat, Jindal remained defiant, vowing to enact key provisions of the bill through executive order. 

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d107e1a4970c-200wiMore on the bill from WAFB:

HB 707, known as the "Marriage and Conscience Act," is before the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. The legislation would prohibit the state from denying any resident, nonprofit or business a license, benefits or tax deductions because of actions taken "in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction" about marriage. Those in favor of the legislation say it protects religious freedoms, while those against insist it allows open season on discrimination.

A broad coalition was assembled today at a "packed House Committee room" where the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure heard arguments from both advocates for and objectors to the proposed law. Leaders from the business, faith and LGBT communities spoke against the bill.

"We’re beginning to convince the world that Louisiana is one of the best places in the world to do business," said Michael Heck, the president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, a regional business development alliance. "These gains are real but fragile. Companies think [HB 707] will make it harder to recruit workers to Louisiana." Governor Jindal has previously been unswayed by leaders in the business community who have urged him to jettison the anti-gay bill if for no other reason than it's bad for business. 

Though HB 707 was defeated in committee by a vote of 10-2, Jindal told The Advocate that his office will issue an executive order pushing through the 'meat' of the bill, a move meant to, temporarily at least, make impotent the legislature which did not see eye to eye with Jindal's anti-gay agenda. Said Jindal in a press release:

“We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar.  We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. 

“This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”


HRC Corrects Bobby Jindal's Anti-Gay NYT Op-Ed in Red Pen

As Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal digs in his heels in support of the Marriage and Conscience Act (an Indiana-esque "license to discriminate" bill), the blowback continues to roll in.

2_jindalIn response to Jindal's April 23 Op-Ed in the New York Times, HRC has penned (literally) a particularly imaginative response, going over the Op-Ed with a fine tooth comb, and offering edits to the governor's rhetoric. Said strategist Chad Griffin on Twitter:

Hey, Gov. @BobbyJindal, @HRC edited your op-ed for you. You got a lot wrong. #RFRA #LGBT http://t.co/gw3SK7eJHn pic.twitter.com/xtxrpEEsPJ

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 23, 2015

Most satisfying are the moments when HRC offers deconstructions of opaque conservative jargon. The HRC response pulls no punches, pointing out the impreciseness of terms in the Op-Ed such as: "radical liberals," "discrimination against Christian individuals," "government coercion," and more. It's the perfect antidote to Jindal's extremist hate-mongering.

Check it out, below:

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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.”

 


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