Louisiana Governor Signs ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill To Protect Gay Marriage Opponents
Wait a minute! Who is it who actually needs protection here? Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal believes it’s those who oppose equal rights for gays.
…Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the “religious freedom” cause dear to conservative Christians even though it’s stung other Republican politicians.
Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal…
Jindal has for months seen political opportunity in an issue that proved challenging for both Pence and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a newly elected Republican who had expressed support for a similar religious freedom measure in his state but sought changes to it after watching the controversy in Indiana unfold.
New Orleans business and tourism industry leaders had expressed many of the same concerns that companies like Apple, Walmart, Salesforce, Angie’s List and Yelp had about the Indiana and Arkansas measures, saying it could alienate some visitors and cost convention business.