A License to Discriminate in Louisiana

louisiana flag gay pelican divided injusticeOver the past few weeks there has been coverage of a national movement to expand “religious freedoms” in the states. Louisiana has now been propelled into this battle by Rep. Mike Johnson’s “Marriage and Conscience Act” (HB 707) that was filed last week.

Make no mistake: this bill is not about “conscience.” This newly proposed bill is such a broad piece of legislation that it will give both businesses and individuals a license to discriminate in our state. Effectively, it could authorize discrimination in all aspects of our lives based on any belief about the institution of marriage. No state has seen such a brazen attempt to insert religious beliefs and moral objections into their laws, and the text of the bill is so far-reaching that its application to same-sex, interfaith or interracial couples is likely just the beginning of the list of couples who could be affected by this legislation.

Tell your State Representative that the Marriage and Conscience Act is a license to discriminate in our state and we will not stand for it.

Forum for Equality knows that Louisiana is an incredible place to call home and a welcoming place to visit. We hope that you will stand with us as we fight against this attempt to hurt our state and our community.

For Equality,

SarahJane Brady

Executive Director, Forum for Equality

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About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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2 Responses to A License to Discriminate in Louisiana

  1. Carol Jean Dixon says:

    Your religious beliefs should not trump a person’s basic rights. Simply put these ” religious freedom” bills give a license to discriminate. It didn’t work during the civil rights movement; it won’t work now. Let Louisiana be on the right side of history this time.

  2. Moriah says:

    Great blog post by the way 🙂

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