Louisiana Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal has announced that he’s more than happy to sign a “religious freedom” bill filed by a Louisiana legislator last week. The bill is similar to the notorious “religious freedom” law signed by Gov. Mike Pence in Indiana two weeks ago.
Shannon Bates Dirmann, a spokeswoman for the wildly unpopular Louisiana governor, called it a “common sense bill” that “provides necessary protections for individuals to prevent adverse treatment from the state based on religious beliefs regarding marriage.”
On Sunday, Jindal sat down with “Meet the Press” for an interview, in which he stopped just short of backing the bill. He also voiced his full support for the “religious freedom” bill signed by his buddy Mike Pence in Indiana two weeks ago. You know, the one that pretty much destroyed Pence’s reputation and ruined his chances of ever entering national politics.
While not identical to Indiana’s law, Louisiana’s “religious freedom” bill will have similar affects by granting private business owners the right to discriminate against legally married LGBT employees by denying them the same benefits offered to opposite-sex couples, even if gay marriage is made legal in the Bayou State, as it’s widely expected to later this year.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Johnson, describes the legislation as a way of “protecting business owners from government retaliation based on their personal beliefs about marriage.” It is not, he says, meant to be used to discriminate against same-sex couples. But, of course, it could be.
That potential is not preventing Gov. Jindal from pledging his support, however.
“We support the bill,” his spokeswoman said.