Indiana and Arkansas recently softened their so-called "religious freedom" legislation, and one person isn't happy that they walked it back: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. In an opinion piece in today's New York Times, Jindal takes issue with the "large corporations [that] recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty."
Jindal isn't planning on following those states' paths, writing, "As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath." A couple more of his assertions:
- The governor announces an update to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act adopted by his state in 2010, saying he's pushing for legislation called the Marriage and Conscience Act that, in his view, would better support Christian businesses and individuals. The new law, he says, "would prohibit the state from … taking … 'adverse action' based on [a] person or entity's religious views on the institution of marriage."
- Don't expect his views to change any time soon. "I hold the view that has been the consensus in our country for over two centuries: that marriage is between one man and one woman," he writes. "[Like] many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion."
Read his complete piece in the Times.
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