Thank you for your help in defeating HB 707 in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee yesterday. Business leaders came to the table along with faith leaders, coalition partners, and everyday citizens, and their voices were heard loud and clear. Voting 10-2 to effectively kill it, the committee dealt those in opposition to equality their worst defeat in over a decade.
On many occasions in the past, the Legislature would not act to strengthen LGBT rights, which required progressive Governors to sign executive orders banning discrimination. For a little more fun history: the executive order banning discrimination against gay and lesbian state employees was one of the first executive orders Governor Jindal rescinded upon assuming his office. Back then, these moves were decried as an end run around the will of the people.
Yet after the defeat of one of his top legislative priorities yesterday, Governor Jindal announced he would sign an Executive Order which would effectively enact the Marriage and Conscience Act by fiat, and Gene Mills and the Louisiana Family Forum practically tripped over themselves to praise his move. Apparently for Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Family Forum what’s bad for the goose is good for the gander.
We are currently studying the language of the executive order. But in the meantime, please do me one favor: take two minutes and click here to thank the members of the Civil Law and Procedure Committee for standing up to Governor Jindal and voting with their conscience, seeking to move Louisiana forward, not backward. Each of the committee members voting to send the bill back to the calendar demonstrated real courage and conviction, words which are unfortunately not often associated with politicians in today’s age. They stood tall with us, and they did not make these decisions lightly. Please, send them a thank you today.
Yours in Equality,
Chair-Elect, Forum for Equality Louisiana
PS – Governor Jindal’s actions make it clear that our fight is far from over! Won’t you invest in equality today?