A religious freedom to discriminate bill that had been working its way through the Louisiana legislature died today (Tuesday, May 19), according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) said the proposed law was misunderstood and that it’s purpose was to come out before the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
Um, no, the bill was understood quite clearly. The Bossier City representative was trying to do just what Texas Republicans, like Rep. Linda Koop, were trying to do — pass a law that said the state didn’t have to follow a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and legalize discrimination as long as you use religion as your reason to discriminate.
The head of the New Orleans Visitors and Convention Bureau told the Advocate that it would be impossible to bid against other states for large events if the bill passed.
The bill died in committee when the chair of the House Civil Law Committee called the bill a distraction and problematic.
The Baton Rouge newspaper said the bill had “full throated support” from the state’s governor, Bobby Jindal.