BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal has given a full-throated defense of a divisive religious liberty bill that is a key piece of his legislative agenda.
Opponents say the bill could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians on moral or religious grounds.
But in a wide-ranging availability with reporters, the Republican governor disagreed Thursday, saying the bill is “not about discrimination” against same-sex couples. He says the measure would ensure that Christians don’t face discrimination of their own.
As written, the legislation would prohibit the state from denying any resident or business a license, benefits or tax deductions because of actions taken “in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction” about marriage.
The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Mike Johnson, a Bossier City Republican.
House Bill 707 can be found at http://www.legis.la.gov