Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) is stepping out and taking a chance that he might stir up some controversy for himself. On Tuesday he announced that he was issuing an Executive Order to protect religious liberty in the state of Louisiana. On the heels of several legal attacks on Christian business owners, the conservative Governor chose to preempt any such issue in Louisiana to make it clear that religious liberty trumps a person’s desire to force someone to act against their closely held religious beliefs.
Is Gov. Jindal’s Executive Order legitimate? Keep in mind that in 2004 the voters of Louisiana voted into law Louisiana Constitutional Amendment 1 as an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution that makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions.
The referendum was approved by 78% of the voters.
Here’s what Governor Jindal had to say about the Executive Order:
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