Louisiana Committee Rejects Religious Protections

Louisiana House of Representatives (photo credit: Jeffrey Schwartz via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
Louisiana House of Representatives (photo credit: Jeffrey Schwartz via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

In Louisiana, IBM sent a letter claiming the Marriage and Conscience Act (which prevents government punishments against traditional marriage believers) would interfere with attracting talent, and the tourism industry helped lead the fight against any conscience protections for traditional marriage believers.

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the House legal committee killed the bill 10-2.

Gov. Jindal, to his credit, issued an executive order preventing the executive branch from engaging in any such punishment or deprivation of benefit.

No protections are going to be won by religious conservatives without direct political involvement and organization of a massive new kind; business as usual means the ongoing redefinition of traditional believers as racists.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.