New Louisiana Governor to Rescind Predecessor’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

Edwards-compressedBATON ROUGE, La. — The new governor of Louisiana plans to rescind an executive order issued by former Gov. Bobby Jindal that provided religious liberty protections to objectors of same-sex “marriage.”

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat and Roman Catholic, plans to make the move in the “near future,” according to his press secretary, and write his own order in its place.

“Governor Edwards will issue the executive order, but it is in the drafting stage,” Shauna Sanford, told Deadline. “As far as Jindal’s religious liberty order, the governor intends to rescind it in the near future.”

Jindal, also a Roman Catholic, had issued the order last May after legislators failed to pass a religious freedom bill, the “Marriage and Conscience Act,” which was struck down in a House committee 10-2.

“[I]t is of preeminent importance that government take no adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with his religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, but that this principle not be construed to authorize any act of discrimination,” it read in part.

“All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and political subdivisions of the state are authorized and directed to comply with the restrictions placed upon government action in the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act and, including more specifically, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with his religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,” the order continued.

Jindal also explained in a statement that the executive order would “prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

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Sanford told reporters this week that Edwards doesn’t believe residents should be forced to violate their convictions, but also believes that non-discrimination clauses are needed.

“In terms of what he will instruct the Attorney General’s office to do is follow the law. The governor does not want anyone to be forced to do anything they don’t want to do, within the confines of the law,” she said.

“He is going to rescind that order, as he mentioned months ago, and he is going to issue an executive order that state contractors have a non-discrimination clause because he does not believe that it is right for anyone to be discriminated against because of their race, their gender, their sexual orientation,” Sanford explained.

As previously reported, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a religious liberty bill on Wednesday that would have provided protections to pastors and non-profit, faith-based organizations who object to same-sex nuptials.


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  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    Executive orders: who needs elected representatives when the state officers can rule and overrule by decree?

    • gogo0

      you understand that governors are elected, right?

      • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

        Would it help you if I said “elected state officers”?

        • Guest

          it would. Just as each branch of government has some authority over the structures under its purview so does the executive branch.

    • acontraryview

      You mean like Jindal did?

      • Balerion

        Jindal using executive orders to place the “religious freedom” of conservative Christian bigots above the civil rights of everyone else would have been met with raucous cheering and approval by people like Martin.

        • acontraryview

          Quite hypocritical.

    • Peter Leh

      Like Jindal?

  • SSGT_Randolph

    Once again, it’s left to a Democrat to clean up the mess.

  • william shiver

    Another Governor with no balls.

  • Max

    He looks like someone who would enjoy Scouts.

    • BarkingDawg

      is your opinion based on personal experience?

      • Paige Turner

        Flagged.

        • BarkingDawg

          Don’t worry, I’m not talking to you.

  • Dio Jones

    More proof that catholicism is satanic… with all the satanic churches who have left the doctrine of Christ and with all the homo-happy businesses around do gays still attack Christians?

    Here is why…

    Here’s what the gay agenda is really about –

    Demanding tolerance gave way to demanding recognition which gave way to demanding equality which is now giving way to demanding superiority.

    So much for the Stonewall excuse that all they wanted was to be “left alone”.

    Christians are under attack by the homosexual community for speaking out on the Biblical principle that homosexuality is sin.

    Gay fascists won’t be satisfied until they’ve silenced every opposition – especially true born again Bible believing Christians.

    Examine evidence where Christianity is being intimidated through bullying, threats, intimidation, laws or lawsuits – Christian business owners who are approached by gay couples trying to force them into compromising their beliefs and then suing them when they won’t…gays picketing churches who’s ministers preach that homosexuality is a sin. How about the “tolerance” that was shown to Chi-fil-A or Duck Dynasty ? How about the Houston Mayor recently…? How about all the angry talk from gays even after the Supreme Court decision proved that the judicial branch of government is now in the law making business ? What about the NFL and Disney just recently…?

    It’s happening more and more – so it’s not just about “equal rights” anymore.

    it’s about eradicating any ideology that disagrees with homosexuality – especially Bible believing Christians standing on Biblical principles.

    Homosexuality is a behavior,…not something that needs to be “protected” with special legal rights…

    The ones who need “protection” are Christians under attack by the intolerant bigoted homosexual community for speaking out on the Biblical principle that homosexuality is sin.

    I keep trying to tell you, it IS an agenda and NOT about “tolerance”…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark

    • Cady555

      Dio Jones said “Demanding tolerance gave way to demanding recognition which gave way to demanding equality which is now giving way to demanding superiority.”

      No. This is about equality. Equal treatment. Equal protection.

      Dio said “Christian business owners who are approached by gay couples trying to force them into compromising their beliefs and then suing them when they won’t…”

      No. Gays walked into a business and asked to purchase the product the business regularly provides. Our nation tried “separate but equal”. We saw what happens when businesses can say “We don’t serve your kind here.” Anti discrimination laws are the result. These laws protect religious customers also.

      Dio said “gays picketing churches who’s ministers preach that homosexuality is a sin. ”

      When has this happened? No one cares what silliness you believe. Churches have absolute authority over what rituals they perform or not perform. And I personally would oppose anything that infringed on churches. I can’t get married in most churches. Not because of sexuality – I’m straight, but I am an atheist. I wouldn’t qualify. Now if a for profit business refused me service, that would be different. This is about actions by businesses.

      Dio said “How about the “tolerance” that was shown to Chi-fil-A or Duck Dynasty ?”

      Have you noticed that Christians boycott businesses quite frequently? Ever heard of One Million Moms (they have a few thousand twitter followers)? They are all about boycotting companies they dislike. Individuals constantly make decisions about which companies to support. It’s called “voting with your feet.” It’s normal.

      Dio said: What about the NFL and Disney just recently…?

      Corporations have to care for their employees. If they send people out of town on business, those people have to eat in restaurants and sleep in hotel rooms. If a state passes a law that permits discrimination, the traveling employee may be refused service. The hotel can refuse to rent them a room. Restaurants can refuse to serve them. These laws were passed exactly so that any business owner can refuse service to anyone they dislike. The corporation has a responsibility not to put employees in harms way.

      There are an awful lot of people on this planet. It is not my place to judge their choices. It is my place to mind my own business and treat people kindly.

    • BarkingDawg

      you hate gays AND Catholics. got it.

      • Dio Jones

        You need to repent, then you will see…

        • BarkingDawg

          Whatever.

  • Herb Planter

    ugh what a mess, why do we have to keep wasting time with gay crap? keep it in ur bedroom and move on if u insist on being a pervert. just remember god sees all.

    • BarkingDawg

      ugh what a mess, why do we have to keep wasting time with gay crap?

      Good Question. Why ARE some people obsessed with discriminating against gays?

      Why do the religious fundamentalists keep yapping about this?

  • Weary Warrior

    By all means, let’s not force anyone to do anything he/she doesn’t want to … UNLESS ~ it’s a Biblical Christian who doesn’t want to participate in something that God hates. That one, we will FORCE to violate his religious conviction.

  • acontraryview

    I guess he doesn’t care of legalized discrimination.

    • Peter Leh

      Yep.

      as I have stated many times before: Of the thousands of ways to legally discriminate, don;t pick the few Illegal ones that will get you in trouble: Race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation.

      • Balerion

        Never mind the fact that it is easy enough to get away with discrimination even against so-called protected classes, as one has to actually be able to prove it in court. So if one wants to fire one of their employees for being gay, even in a state where discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal, all they need to do is come up with some other ostensible reason for the firing, and even if they suspected illegal discrimination it would be almost impossible to prove in court.

  • Peter Leh

    Edwards is only saving the poor state money that would have been lost over a lawsuit

    • Balerion

      What money? Thanks to Jindal, Louisiana is completely broke.

  • Peter Leh

    ““In terms of what he will instruct the Attorney General’s office to do
    is follow the law. The governor does not want anyone to be forced to do
    anything they don’t want to do, within the confines of the law,” she
    said.”

    very simple explanation and very clear. I dont get how chrisitans are so willfully ignorant.

    (actually, I do, since i know my own kind)

  • Max

    What a pig.