Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Religious Liberty

The state of Louisiana attempted to pass a “Marriage and Conscience Act” (HB 707), which would have prohibited 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. It died in committee to the disappointment of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who then signed an executive order with the same language. Of course since LGBT advocates have no desire to infringe on peoples religious rights, they had no problem with the order.

So actually gay advocates do have a problem with religious liberty and see the Governors order as shameful and deplorable. To them opponents to same-sex marriage should not be able to:

  • keep their tax exemption status
  • keep their tax deduction status
  • get government contracts
  • be included in cooperative agreements
  • get loans
  • get or keep professional licenses
  • get or keep certifications
  • keep school accreditations
  • get or keep a job

Keep these in mind the next time someone claims same-sex marriage and gay rights have no negative effect on others.

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