Louisiana legislators turned down Republican Governor Bobby Jindal's Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, likely because Republican governors in Arkansas and Indiana in the face of lefty ridicule abandoned similar measures passed by their legislators. Jindal is a lameduck in the final year of his governorship, which means lawmakers can ignore him with impunity.
But two can play the game. He issued an executive order telling state workers they cannot discriminate against people who oppose gay marriage on the grounds of religion.
Governor Jindal said: “We are disappointed by the committee's action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar. 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."
Lefties said the order could hurt the state's economy. Just how, I am not sure. Is an oil refinery going to close over this? I doubt it.
Meanwhile, Angie's List still isn't building its 1,000-worker center in Indianapolis or anywhere else. Money, not gay rights, was the problem.