Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bobby Jindal gets to keep playing victim

Recall Jindal's NYT article where he was "holding firm" against the gays. He also told us he was battling "large corporations" who were trying to "bully" him.
Some corporations have already contacted me and asked me to oppose this law. I am certain that other companies, under pressure from radical liberals, will do the same. They are free to voice their opinions, but they will not deter me. As a nation we would not compel a priest, minister or rabbi to violate his conscience and perform a same-sex wedding ceremony. But a great many Americans who are not members of the clergy feel just as called to live their faith through their businesses. That’s why we should ensure that musicians, caterers, photographers and others should be immune from government coercion on deeply held religious convictions.
 Today the "large corporations" and their "radical liberal" friends appear to have won.
A Louisiana House panel has effectively defeated religious freedom legislation that drew staunch opponents to it based on criticism – either real or perceived – that it authorizes discrimination against LGBT people.

The bill (HB 707) is designed to block the government from pulling licenses, tax benefits, and the like from a company because of the owner's view of same-sex marriage. But LGBT advocates and a few legal experts have said it would also allow businesses of any size to refuse to recognize and sanction discrimination against married same-sex couples, should same-sex marriage become legal in Louisiana.
So, hey, thanks for that, corporate bullies.

On the other hand, Jindal's projected image as a righteous martyr for the people remains intact. It's almost like he planned it that way.

Update: He's already figured out how to keep the theater open
Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Tuesday (May 19) saying he plans to issue an executive order to enact the intent of a religious freedom bill that effectively died about two hours earlier, in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. 
The important thing to remember here is none of this actually matters to Jindal one way or the other as long as he gets to keep "standing up to the bullies" or whatever. 

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