Because the Louisiana legislature didn’t pass a law legalizing anti-gay discrimination, Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order doing just that.
Trying to regain ground after a setback in the legislature, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Tuesday to protect people who exercise their religious beliefs on matters related to same-sex marriage.
Jindal outlined the order in a statement: “This Executive Order will 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.”
The order — which comes a day after Jindal formed an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination for president — is posted in full [here].
The order came just hours after the state legislature essentially killed the Marriage Conscience Act, a bill similar to the executive order that he now seeks to impose using his authority as governor.
So let me see if I have this right: Congress is useless on matters such as immigration, the minimum wage, and climate change, so President Obama issues executive orders to deal with them within the scope of his powers. The Republicans claim that he’s lawless, overriding the will of Congress, stomping on the Constitution, and should be impeached. Gov. Jindal does it and he’s upholding freedom and doing the work that the legislature refuses to do.
I hope he runs for president, I really do. It will be the acme of karma to see him get his head handed to him in the first primary and then wait for him to show up on late night TV hawking reverse mortgages.