Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why Bobby Jindal pushes religious freedom over same-sex marriage

By Meredith Hamilton, Staff writer
In this May 9, 2015, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C.
LOUISIANA---Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order Tuesday putting part of his “Marriage and Conscience Act” into law after the Louisiana House voted against his original proposal. By siding with conservative Christians, Governor Jindal appears to be bucking public opinion trends supporting same-sex marriage. But he also may be positioning himself for a 2016 presidential run. Several similar religious freedom laws have been passed in recent months, most notably Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in March. Arkansas tried to pass a bill in 2014, but it was vetoed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. [link]