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Gov. Jindal Backs Louisiana's Religious Liberties Proposal

By    |   Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:52 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday a proposed bill that would provide religious liberties to businesses in the state is not intended to discriminate.

Speaking at a news conference, Jindal pointed to having "tolerance and religious liberty" simultaneously, USA Today reports.

"The great thing in America is that we support the right of folks to live their lives according to their beliefs, whether we agree with them or not," said Jindal, a potential Republican candidate for president. "I think you can have tolerance and religious liberty. I don't think those two are mutually exclusive."

The proposal, called the "Marriage and Conscience Act," was written by state Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican.

The proposed law "prohibits the state from taking any adverse action against a person on the basis that such person acted in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage. Provides for those actions which are deemed to be adverse actions."

Computer company IBM, however, sent a letter to Jindal's office criticizing the proposed law. IBM has plans to open a facility in Baton Rouge that would support 800 workers.

"A bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values," wrote James M. Driesse, a senior state executive for the company, reports USA Today. "IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law."

Same-sex marriage is not allowed under Louisiana law, and USA Today reports there are no laws to protect gays and lesbians from being discriminated against.

Jindal said Thursday the proposal is gaining more steam among lawmakers in the "Pelican State."

"I know there is a lot of concern based on misconceptions or misunderstandings, or even the original language in the bill," Jindal said, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"I think as legislators understand the actual language and intent of the bill, you are seeing more and more legislators showing strong support for that bill. I know there is a lot of confusion, misunderstanding."

A similar law in Indiana recently caused an uproar, with Republican Gov. Mike Pence being forced to "clarify" the bill after critics said it was essentially a license to discriminate. Pence's popularity ratings have since plummeted.

An auto repair shop owner in Michigan said Tuesday he "would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period," adding that customers who come in with their guns will receive a discount.

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