Over 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.
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.
Executive Director, Forum for Equality