Louisiana Committee Rejects Religious Protections

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

Bobby Jindal: No Government Coercion Based on Marriage

Gov. Jindal has taken to the most prominent enemy territory he can find, the op-ed pages of the old grey lady herself, to say: “no retreat baby, no surrender”*: In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law. There are two primaries going on simultaneously: the money primary and the voter primary.  Jindal knows which