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.
Suzanne McFly May 20th, 2015 at 6:05 pm
Is there a race to the bottom we have heard about?
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:30 am
Guy Lauten May 20th, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Excellent. Let’s see where N’Orleans hotel bookings go in the next few months. I wonder just how loud business has to scream to get Bobby’s attention?
Kick Frenzy May 20th, 2015 at 9:44 pm
I’m not sure any volume will work with this thick-headed hypocrite.
(Yells at Obama for executive orders, but has no problem using them himself.)
Jake May 20th, 2015 at 6:39 pm
Jindal and the Republicans are going to do more damage to the economy of Louisiana than hurricane Katrina did.
thinkingwomanmillstone May 20th, 2015 at 10:57 pm
they’ve done a great deal of it already…they’re going for first place.
Jack E Raynbeau May 21st, 2015 at 2:18 am
Utardia will have something to say about that. We’re #1.
Obewon May 20th, 2015 at 7:41 pm
Jindal’s Stupid Party goes for broke! GOP is burying itself among today’s voter majority.
Another U.S. Constitutional illiterate is ignorant of the 10th & 14th Amendments as well as The “Supremacy Clause! Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution is commonly referred to as the Supremacy Clause. It establishes that the federal constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions.” D’oh! https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/supremacy_clause
Dwendt44 May 20th, 2015 at 8:23 pm
But that doesn’t impress the single digit IQ base of the Tea Party that he’s trying to sway during a futile run for President.
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:30 am
It not about the run…its the $$$$$
John Tarter May 20th, 2015 at 11:50 pm
So which Federal law specifically relates to marriage, so-called gay marriage or otherwise? Answer: None! Once again we see liberals say something is in the constitution when in reality it does not. The Federal compact is silent on marriage, therefore according to the 10th Amendment it is a state issue.
Obewon May 21st, 2015 at 12:07 am
SCOTUS 2014 equal marriage ruling upheld the 10th, 14th, etc mandating equal rights for LGBT equal marriages. Tarter never read: “Section 1.
The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court,” https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiii
Oh and cleanup on aisle one Johhny. “VP Biden is copilot to the longest economic expansion in U.S. history! Record Highs For Dow And S&P…” — Obewon http://disq.us/8ndb6g “GOP is burying itself among today’s voter majority.”-True!
Jack E Raynbeau May 21st, 2015 at 2:21 am
It would be the end of the story if there were only 10 amendments.
fahvel May 21st, 2015 at 2:49 am
stupid mean people do not read your constitution but lots of people who live outside the usa read it well. Says something about fundamental education. The us contitution is used as an example of a fine piece of work – it’s your politicians that reduce it to a confewtti pile to be selectively applied.
Jack E Raynbeau May 21st, 2015 at 12:31 pm
Even the ones who read it only pick the parts they like. They do the same with the Bible. Cherry pickers.
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:29 am
And if they refuse Tater Tots…Baggers like you would be screaming from the roof tops
granpa.usthai May 22nd, 2015 at 1:40 am
State Constitutions yield precedence to the Federal Constitution and laws concerning EQUAL RIGHTS for all US Citizens.
Allowing a religious sect to discriminate under the guise of ‘religious freedom’ or ‘state’s rites’ violates EQUAL RIGHTS. States that are engaged in such criminal activities are not only violating Federal Law, but the already written laws of their own state.
arc99 May 20th, 2015 at 8:03 pm
But, but, but I thought conservatives considered unilateral executive orders to implement policy not approved legislatively were tantamount to tyranny!
Are you telling me that right wingers were full of sh*t? Again?
I am shocked!
Shocked I say…
labman57 May 20th, 2015 at 9:11 pm
These “religious freedom” laws do not discriminate — they simply allow businesses to selectively alienate specific demographic sectors of society that they deem to be abominations from hell.
Whoa … I’m feeling a tad dizzy from all of the spin that I just spewed.
nola878 May 20th, 2015 at 11:37 pm
Piyush is willing to throw the state’s well being under the bus in pursuit of his national ambitions.
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:27 am
Look at Christie…. another loser
jybarz May 21st, 2015 at 2:17 am
So much with his GOP STUPID PARTY.
Stupid, it seems, starts with him.
What a bloody stoopid wanker.!
Jack E Raynbeau May 21st, 2015 at 2:17 am
What about a law to protect those who don’t want to serve Indians?
fahvel May 21st, 2015 at 2:45 am
or jews, or chinese, or thai, or……..wtf is wrong with these people?
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:26 am
tracey marie May 21st, 2015 at 7:35 am
Herb Sarge Phelps May 21st, 2015 at 3:20 am
So much for the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl if the NFL holds this against New Orleans.
bpollen May 21st, 2015 at 4:56 am
Even in Louisiana, governors don’t get to create law.
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 7:26 am
Guess Indiana didn’t teach dimbulb a thing….wait for the financial backlash hits Jindalstan in the pocket book
tracey marie May 21st, 2015 at 7:34 am
pique ta’ kitty
rg9rts May 21st, 2015 at 10:04 am
tracey marie May 21st, 2015 at 10:07 am
William May 21st, 2015 at 9:11 am
I like this law. It should be expanded. Businesses could refuse to serve people wearing mixed fibers, men with no beards, and don’t even think you’re docking that shellfish boat here.
Aint religious “free-dumb” great?
anothertoothpick May 21st, 2015 at 10:59 am
SmotPoker May 21st, 2015 at 1:12 pm
Rarely do you see a group of people so willing to dig their own graves.