Thursday, May 21, 2015

Louisiana: Jindal signs executive order for religious liberty

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Hours after a religious freedom bill was struck down in committee Tuesday (May 20), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal quickly signed an executive order that afternoon which appeared to capture the intent and much of the language of the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act.

"In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage," read a statement issued from the governor's office.

"That's why I'm issuing an Executive Order this evening to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman," Jindal said. "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana and we do support religious liberty. These two values can be upheld at the same time.

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