Democratic Governor of Louisiana Rescinds Predecessor’s Religious Liberty Order

Edwards-compressedBATON ROUGE, La. — As promised, the Democratic governor of Louisiana has vetoed an executive order issued by former Gov. Bobby Jindal that provided religious liberty protections to objectors of same-sex “marriage.”

“I believe in giving every Louisianan the opportunity to be successful and to thrive in our state. Our goal is to promote the opportunities we have right here in Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Roman Catholic, in a statement on Wednesday. “While this executive order respects the religious beliefs of our people, it also signals to the rest of the country that discrimination is not a Louisiana value, but rather, that Louisiana is a state that is respectful and inclusive of everyone around us.”

Jindal, also a Roman Catholic, had issued an 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.

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.”

On Wednesday, Edwards condemned Jindal’s order, stating that it “was meant to serve a narrow political agenda.”

“It does nothing but divide our state and force the business community, from Louisiana’s smallest businesses to large corporations like IBM, to strongly oppose it,” he said. “This executive order threatens Louisiana’s business growth, and it goes against everything we stand for—unity, acceptance, and opportunity for all.”

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Edwards was referring to businesses that had expressed objections expressed over Jindal’s order, including IBM, which asserted that it would “create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees.”

Those who support Edwards’ move likewise claim that Jindal’s religious liberty order was harmful to the economy.

“Businesses like Moonbot must do everything we can to attract top creative talent to Louisiana. The Marriage and Conscience Order sanctions unfair discrimination and prevents growth in Louisiana’s creative economy,” Lampton Enochs, CEO of Moonbot Studios, said in a statement released by Edwards’ office.

In rescinding Jindal’s order, Edwards issued his own order declaring that government officials may not act adversely in employment matters over the person’s “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and bars those who contract with the state from doing the same. It provides an exemption for churches and faith-based organizations.

Some expressed disappointment in Edwards’ order, such as the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) in Baton Rouge.

“LFF condemns harassment and intentional discrimination, but this executive order necessarily introduces sexual politics into the workplace, a legally undefined protected category, and invites unnecessary legal claims simply on the basis of personal disagreements,” it said in an email on Wednesday.

“Ironically, while other states are seeking to protect people of faith, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards seems to be using his executive power to silence those same people of faith,” LFF stated. “The religious exemption contained in the governor’s order is extremely narrow and ignores the multitude of good people of our state who are employed by Louisiana’s largest employer, state government, but who also hold sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to sex outside of the confines of natural lifelong marriage.”


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  • gizmo23

    I prefer to call it the “we hate gay people and want to hurt them law” Good job governor! At least one stae in the south is sane

    • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

      Fyi, gay people ‘evolved’ AIDS in the 1980s n had harmed other people by spreading AIDS/HIV everywhere.

      Incidentally, the vote-pandering liberal Blue States began abolishing anti-sodomy n anti-adultery laws in the 1970s.

      • John N

        Rubbish. Homosexuals did not ‘evolve’ AIDS. The disease originated in the first half of the century in West-central Africa were it evolved from a local monkey virus and was transmitted especially through heterosexual prostitution. Only in the beginning of the second half of the 19th century it started having impact on the homosexual community. The first case of AIDS in the US was in 1966.

        If you are dreaming of putting anti-sodomy laws back in place, do not forget the part about anal and oral sex between heterosexuals. If you really want to have a saying about what people do in their bedroom, you better do it well.

        • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

          Fyi, AIDS/HIV r very prevalent among gays who ALWAYS engage in sodomy or sheetty/dirty anal sex. Why is that.?

          • John N

            Fyi, 70 to 80 % of AIDS victims worldwide are heterosexual. Who also engage in ‘sheetty/dirty’ anal sex – around 30 %of them.

            Get your facts right before you start making silly comments.

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            Like I said b4, AIDS/HIV started with gays in the 1980s n then was spread by the gays to others, eg thru bisex, heroin-needle-sharing, etc.
            …….Hence, those who end up with AIDS/HIV r mostly as evil/sinful/law-breaking as the gays, eg drug-addicts, porn-stars, prostitutes, adulterers, fornicators, swingers, players/sluts, blood-transfusers, etc.

            Also, who r the ones who mostly get STDs, like syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, chlamydia, etc.?
            …….Like they say, “Birds of a feather, get AIDS/HIV/STD together.”

          • John N

            Like I said, get your facts right. AIDS started with heterosexuals in the first half of the century.

            Some more facts: AIDS is a disease mostly spread by sexual activity – all kind of sexual activity- and by mother to child transmission. It yearly affects and kills millions of people. In Sub-saharan Africa it is estimated to kill 10 % of all children.

            Worldwide, most cases of AIDS and other STD’s are transmitted by heterosexuals. Your saying is not only very ugly, it is simply wrong.

            So before you even start crowing about AIDS being your god’s judgement on homosexuals, realize this: to punish homosexuals, your god kills more innocent children than actual homosexuals. Well, that’s just him, of course.

          • JustChris1976

            It’s a gay men’s disease.
            Own up to it, it’s your place in history: the demographic group who deliberately set out to destroy itself with disease. Nothing like it ever happened before.

          • John N

            You’re clearly delusional. Even when I show you the facts, you still keep believing the fundamentalist story of AIDS being god’s answer to homosexuality.

            Well, I presume ignorance doesn’t hurt.

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            U r pretty typical of warped liberals – trying to use small children to play on emotions n sway the argument.
            .
            Like I said b4, the liberals of the Blue States n gays originally “evolved” AIDS during the 1980s n “Birds of a feather, get AIDS/HIV/STD together,” n that includes the small children of sexually immoral n drug-addicted parents.
            …….Like they say, “Like father, like son.”

          • John N

            Yes, you keep saying that. It doesn’t become correct when repeating, you know. You clearly have been lied to, and you are now repeating the same lies again.

            But that is nothing compared to your moral stance on guilt. If I understand you well, you claim children deserve to die as a consequence of their parents’ behaviour.

            Now that is christian worldview not often seen since the dark ages anymore. I wonder why…

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            Actually, u r the one who is lying about the origin of AIDS, the gay-disease.
            ……. Next, u may also lie that STD did not originate with sexually immoral people, like Sodom n Gomorrah(= gonorrhea).
            .
            .
            Never heard of “crack-babies” , “”meth-babies” n fetal alcohol syndrome-babies of mothers who r drug-addicts n alcoholics.?

            Also, mothers in their 40s often give birth to Down Syndrome babies. Such mothers r to be blamed for having babies so late in their life(= not in the prime of health) bc some women even die in their 50s.

          • John N

            If you claim I’m lying, I would expect you to give us some evidence. You do know slander will be punished by your god, don’t you?

            How can gonorrhea be caused by sexually immoral people when your god murdered the lot of them in Sodom and Gommorah? Did he miss anyone? Lot perhaps?

            Or is it all a lie and are Sodom and Gommorah just fairy tales?

            STD’s like gonorrhea are caused by virusses or bacteria. They are usually transmitted through sexual contact – any sexual contact – but mother to child transmission and transmission through other objects do happen. They originated a long time ago – even animals have them, you know.

            Last comment, you blamed children for their parents diseases. Now you seem to blame mothers for their childrens’ diseases? We have some real medical issues here, and all you religious folks do is running around pointing your finger and blaming people for their and their childrens or parents diseases? Really?

            Do you even realize how ugly your behaviour looks like for a rational person?

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            Of course, the liberal media n scientific community would deny that AIDS had originated with gay-sex in the 1980s n the move by the liberal Blue States to abolish anti-sodomy laws in the 1970s, n blame AIDS on chimpanzees who could not talk back to the liberals = face-saving or political-correctness or a cover-up by the liberals.
            .
            But there is no denying the facts below …….

            1981

            In 1981, cases of a rare lung infection called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) were found in five young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. At the same time, there were reports of a group of men in New York and California with an unusually aggressive cancer named Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

            In December 1981, the first cases of PCP were reported in people who inject drugs.

            By the end of the year, there were 270 reported cases of severe immune deficiency among gay men – 121 of them had died.

            1982

            In June 1982, a group of cases among gay men in Southern
            California suggested that the cause of the immune deficiency was sexual and the syndrome was initially called gay-related immune deficiency (or GRID).

            Later that month, the disease was reported in haemophiliacs and Haitians leading many to believe it had originated in Haiti.

            In September, the CDC used the term “AIDS” (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) for the first time, describing it as…

            “a disease at least moderately predictive of a defect in cell mediated immunity, occurring in a person with no known case for diminished resistance to that disease.”

            AIDS cases were also being reported in a number of European countries.

            In Uganda, doctors reported cases of a new, fatal wasting disease locally known as ‘slim’.

            By this point, a number of AIDS-specific organisations had been set
            up including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) in the USA and The Terry Higgins Trust (later known as the Terrence Higgins Trust) in the UK, to provide safer sex advice to gay men.
            (source: avertdot org)

          • John N

            If the scientific community denies AIDS originated with homosexuals in the 1980s, then why do you keep insisting it did? Does your bible tells you to ignore scientific facts?

            And why do you deliberately ‘forget’ to mention the scientific evidence of AIDS occuring in the first half of the 19th century? Does your bible also tells you to lie in order to protect your beliefs?

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            If the scientists were correct that AIDS originated n was spread by chimpanzees, how come there was no outbreak of AIDS among the chimpanzees or among humans who interacted or lived close to chimpanzees after the 1980s.?
            …….How come AIDS only “targeted” the US gay community when it first broke out in 1981.?
            .
            If the scientists r so smart, how come they still do not know the exact cause of cancer after so many donkey years.?
            …….If u wanna know the exact cause of cancer, read the story of Job.

          • John N

            I still think you do not understand the facts. Chimpansees and mangabeys do not carry HIV, which is known only to humans. So chimps and other primates can not spread AIDS.

            The original infection was by a SIV, a simian virus. In humans it mutated to the much more dangerous HIV.

            HIV did not ‘target’ the US gay population. Before the eighties it was much more spread between heterosexuals in Africa, and even later it also impacted heterosexual drug users, hemophiliacs, and especially Haitians. Today between 70 and 90 % of AIDS victims are heterosexuals.

            Scientist do know a lot of causes of cancer. Where have you been hiding the last fifty years?

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            Typical liberal indoctrination or brainwashing by the scientists n professors of the liberal Blue States that AIDS originated with chimpanzees, n not with dirty/sheetty gay-sex.

            If scientists r so smart, how come they hv not found real cures for cancer, AIDS n super gonorrhea after so many chimpanzee years.?

          • gizmo23

            You have never had oral sex?

          • acontraryview

            Because is one of the ways it is transmitted. Perhaps you can explain why close to 90% of all HIV infections world-wide result from heterosexual relations.

      • gizmo23

        History and science doesn’t seem to be your strong point

    • 0pus37

      Gays hate each other, as proven by their plagues.

  • Ruthann

    A politician with no morals. What a surprise.

    • acontraryview

      What is your basis for stating the the Governor has no morals?

      • 0pus37

        Siding with AIDS-spreaders and against Christians. That’s the bottom of the barrel. The government should protect good people, not riff-raff.

        • Kurt 20008

          Opus, you’ve jut shown yourself to be a person of hate rather than an example of Christ.

          • Deb

            Many millions of people side with the bible and Jesus and God. You don’t have to like it because it’s true. You don’t have to believe it yourself if you want to resist the truth so badly. Jesus would not be on your side in my opinion.

          • Kurt 20008

            If you think Jesus would speak of “AIDS-spreaders …government should protect good people, not riff-raff.”, then, my dear, you know nothing about Jesus.
            I would invite you to consider an authentic and lived Christian faith rather than the hateful garbage you wrongly associate with the Prince of Peace.

        • Deb

          They should keep their noses out of the bedrooms of the nation and should keep their opinions to themselves and not try to force it on everyone. I will not accept it as being right, never ever.

  • Slidellman4life

    On Wednesday, Edwards condemned Jindal’s order, stating that it “was meant to serve a narrow political agenda.”

    Let’s just take a little time for the irony to sink in.

    • acontraryview

      So you believe that not denying equal treatment under the law and protection from discrimination in public accommodation serves a narrow political agenda? How so?

      • Deb

        And you believe that giving gay’s special treatment and discriminating against Catholics and other Christians and ruining their lives is ok. Plus you believe that grown men or even boys should be able to go into the little girls room or vice versa??

        • acontraryview

          No, that is not what I believe, Deb. I am curious though, what did I say that you cause you make such a statement?

  • Ronald Carter

    Edwards is a Roman Catholic. There, see? You CAN be a Christian and not discriminate.

    • Slidellman4life

      Catholics are not Christians. FAIL.

      • Ronald Carter

        Yes, in fact they were among the earliest Christians. This is basic history 101, and I don’t FAIL, you do. Ever heard of the Protestant Reformation? Ever wonder what they were protesting?

        • Slidellman4life

          No, as in they pray to Mary and give her reverence, not God and Jesus. Catholics think the dead go into purgatory, and priests have the ability to pray someone into heaven. Priests also believe they have the ability to absolve people from sin.

          And all of these things are heretical, as they are clearly contradicted in the Bible.

          This is Verifiable Fact 101, in which, guess what? You failed.

          • Ronald Carter

            Crock of beans. They don’t pray to Mary, they ask Mary to pray for them. They give her honor as is deserving but do not worship her.

            Priests are witnesses, confessions go to God.

            All commonly refuted and upheld only by haters. You fail. Big time.

          • Slidellman4life

            They don’t pray to Mary, they ask Mary to pray for them.

            “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV)”

            Priests are witnesses, confessions go to God.

            “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV).”

            Notice it does not mention other people. Notice there is no mention of penance, which is often present in confessionals to priests.

            Notice the Word of God contradicts what you say, as I said it does.

            Done.

          • Ronald Carter

            “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV)”

            But, we are all mediators in a smaller sense when we pray for one another. This role, in no way, diminishes Christ’s role as the one mediator.
            “Notice it does not mention other people.”

            I refer you to James 5:16, which I know you fundamentalists wish wasn’t there: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

            “Notice there is no mention of penance, which is often present in confessionals to priests.”

            That’s because you’re a Bible-only Christian, and Catholics aren’t. Sola Scriptura isn’t even Biblical itself.

            “Notice the Word of God contradicts what you say, as I said it does.”
            Notice that your hatred does you a disservice as someone who’s supposed to be a Christian.
            Bye.

          • Slidellman4life

            That’s because you’re a Bible-only Christian, and Catholics aren’t. Sola Scriptura isn’t even Biblical itself.

            Wow. Are you suggesting I am not a Christian because I don’t go apocryphal?

            Dude, that is flat out heresy. I read the Bible and believe what it says. I do not engage in idolatry or hold on to the incredibly stupid idea a man can be prayed into heaven (an idea you did not dispute, by the way) and try to justify that practice through cognitive dissonance.

            You will find how right I am when you stand before God.

          • Ronald Carter

            “Wow. Are you suggesting I am not a Christian because I don’t go apocryphal?

            I never said you weren’t a Christian. You were the one who said Catholics weren’t. I would never make a statement like the one you made.

            Yeah yeah, you know how many times I’ve heard all this crapola before? Idolatry he says. As if Jesus Christ is an idol. If someone prays before a statue it’s pretty obvious they aren’t worshipping a chunk of rock, but what it represents. Didn’t think this through did you?

            “You will find how right I am when you stand before God.”

            Judge not, lest ye be judged. You are not God.

          • Slidellman4life

            Yeah yeah, you know how many times I’ve heard all this crapola before? Idolatry he says. As if Jesus Christ is an idol.

            Jesus is not an idol. Mary is. When you pray to her, build statues of her and place candles before it, don’t tell me that isn’t idolatry.

            Judge not, lest ye be judged. You are not God.

            I never said I was. I said you will stand before Him.

          • acontraryview

            What makes Mary an idol and Jesus not? Statues of Jesus are built, candles are placed in front of them, and he is asked for many things. How is that different from what is done to Mary?

          • Bob Johnson

            Views like those above makes one worry for the safety of works such as Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child”.

          • acontraryview

            “Any image that does not conform to our beliefs is idolatry. Idolatry is a sin. We must destroy any image that is not in keeping with our beliefs because it promotes sin!!!!!”

            Oh, no, wait, that’s not Christians, that’s ISIS. With some Christians it’s hard to tell the difference.

          • Slidellman4life

            Troll post. Flagged.

          • acontraryview

            In what way is it a “troll” post and what would be your basis for flagging it?

            Are you not aware of Christians in the CAR murdering Muslims? Are you not aware that there are Christians who support making anything that is contrary to the Christian belief system illegal, thus destroying it?

          • Slidellman4life

            Harassment. Flagged.

          • acontraryview

            In what way was that Harassment?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            He just flags anybody who disagrees with him. And then announces it proudly, as if declaring victory.

          • acontraryview

            Rather than spending time flagging what is obviously not a “troll” post, nor does it violate any of the terms stated by the site regarding prohibited posts, perhaps you could spend some time answering the questions I have asked you. Or is it easier for you to flag posts than it is to answer questions?

          • gizmo23

            A good old religious fight. Sounds like Ireland

          • acontraryview

            “You will find how right I am when you stand before God.’

            Or, you may find out how wrong you are when you stand before God. To suggest that because you have chosen to believe in a certain set of religious teachings that there is 100% certainty they are true, is without proof. You could be right, you could be wrong. None of us will know for certain until the day we die. Until then, it is a matter of faith, not fact.

          • acontraryview

            If you read the Bible and believe what is says, then you agree with James 5:16, which therefore means that a person asking Mary to pray for them, just as asking a family or friend who has passed on, to pray for them, is not idolatry. Wouldn’t that be true?

          • gizmo23

            Amazing how many people Christians don’t like and want to hurt

          • Slidellman4life

            Enough.

          • gizmo23

            Now it’s Catholics that are evil. Your list grows by the day

        • John_33

          They were Jews, not Catholics.

          • BarkingDawg

            Are you serious?

          • John_33

            Of course. The first Christians followed the Jewish Law.

      • BarkingDawg

        Such hate from you.

        • Slidellman4life

          Blatant troll. Flagged.

          • BarkingDawg

            Really?

            Why, because I called you out for putting up a hateful post?

          • Slidellman4life

            It’s not hateful. It’s a statement of fact. Just as your comment being a troll post is a statement of fact.

          • acontraryview

            “It’s not hateful.”

            Then why was it deleted?

  • Gott Mit Uns!

    “… ‘religious liberty’ protections to objectors of same-sex marriage.”

    Objectors of same-sex marriage have always been protected. No one is forced to same-sex-marry.

    • Slidellman4life

      Troll. Flagged.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Why do you go around flagging everybody who holds a view that differs from yours? Is disagreement against the rules here? What kind of place forbids people from disagreeing with each other?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    USA is losing religious liberty and funding depravity in poor nations. So sad.

  • BarkingDawg

    Edwards is trying to repair all the damage that Pyush did to that state

  • Gott Mit Uns!

    Fortunately, as in Georgia, more level heads have prevailed.

  • Chip01

    Since the new Governor reversed this, Does anyone have a case where a person in LA has had their faith taken away from them by the government, or they have been locked out of their Church?

    I’m just curious what the lose of “religious freedom” means…

    • Deb

      It means that the gays can force you to do business with them, make a wedding cake, do their wedding flowers, preside at their weddings when you are a Christian believing in God and one man one woman and if you don’t, they won’t go somewhere else and find someone else to do it, they will have a protest outside your shop, press charges against the people and take their homes and their livelihoods away from them. So who is being discriminated against??? On the other hand, if you ask them to make something for you, they can refuse with nothing done.

      • Chip01

        Cool. As it should be. Let’s face it, Ones belief shouldn’t trump another persons being.

  • Deb

    Don’t forget this is a Democratic Governor when you go to vote. It 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.

    That is correct but you should note that this is being changed by a Democratic Governor. Vote Republican, Vote Trump 2016 #trumpforpresident You should keep your two cents to yourself then if you think that the government should stay out of the bedrooms of the nation and should take no side in the matter. Plus who exactly are the refugees coming into the countries, are these people gay too?? Are you going to bring in a bunch??