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|For Immediate Release…|
Contact: Gene Mills – 225-344-8533
Baton Rouge, La.- Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) applauds Governor Jindal for his pledge to protect the religious liberty of those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman, despite an adverse vote in the House Civil Law committee. Although the outcome of the committee vote was 10-2 unfavorable, Gov. Jindal has made it clear that he will “ be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707.”
LFF presented testimony in the committee hearing on HB 707, the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Benton) introduced HB 707 and explained its necessity in Louisiana. Nearly 150 Louisiana pastors, business owners, public officials and individuals went on record at the Capitol in support of The Marriage and Conscience Act.
The Civil Law committee voted 10-2, on a questionable motion made by Chairman Abramson (D-New Orleans) to return the bill to the calendar, leaving the bill unamended and its outcome in question.
“We are very disappointed in the fact that Rep. Neil Abramson did not even extend the courtesy of allowing Rep. Johnson to place his amendments on the bill,” Gene Mills, President of LFF, “Rep. Johnson did everything possible to answer the spectacular claims of the opponents and to make his bill clear and concise, but the Chairman, aided by Rep. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite), motioned to return the bill to the calendar before the author could amend his bill.”
“By voting with the Chairman today, the House Civil Law committee effectively ignored two-thirds of Louisiana voters, endorsing both the state’s ability to discriminate and the LGBT advocacy groups. The website www.LA4Liberty.comhas registered over 500 businesses and 1,000 citizens in Louisiana in support of the bill. These voices were ignored by today’s committee vote,” Mills concluded.
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Baton Rouge, La.-Louisiana Family Forum Action (LFFA) announces that a strong majority of likely voters in Louisiana support the language of HB 707, the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Benton, as revealed in a new WPA Opinion Research poll. Upon hearing the actual language of HB 707, participants were asked, “would you say strongly support or oppose the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act or just somewhat?” Sixty-seven percent (67%) supported the language.
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The Marriage and Conscience Act will be heard in the Civil Law Committee for Tuesday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
See the language of the bill and why Louisiana needs this bill. BUSINESS OWNERS CAN SIGN THE PLEDGE OF SUPPORT HERE at LA4Liberty.com.
Let My Marriage & Conscience Act Go!
Last week, President Obama’s attorney, Donald Verrilli, ominously confirmed to the Supreme Court what Christians have long suspected: if the U.S. Supreme Court issues a 50-state same-sex “marriage” redefinition, attacks upon religious freedom will accelerate and intensify!
Louisiana’s answer? Rep. Mike Johnson’s HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act.
Rep. Johnson explains HB 707 more fully here in this video:
Such a ruling by the Supreme Court would open the door for state and federal bureaucracies to punish individuals, churches, religious groups, schools and nonprofits for not surrendering their beliefs on marriage!
- HB 707 would prevent the State of Louisiana from discriminating against individuals based solely on a deeply held religious belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
- HB 707 does not circumvent adjudication in a court of law, where these disputes should be decided.
- HB 707 does not give one party a distinct advantage over another in any of these claims.
- HB 707 simply limits the state from discriminating, especially before the dispute is resolved in a court of law.
What is at stake is the constitutionally protected ability to live the Great Commission (Matthew 28) in the public square!
HB 707 is an essential shield to protect against adverse state action! It is a key part of Louisiana’s answer to the war on religious expression being waged in this country. Please respectfully tell your Louisiana lawmaker to support HB 707 right now.
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Currently, HB 707 has been assigned to the Louisiana House Civil Law and Procedure Committee, but Committee Chairman Neil Abramson has not allowed the bill to be scheduled for a hearing. Please tell Rep. Abramson to “let my Marriage and Conscience bill go!” Each Legislator on this committee should be encouraged to allow HB 707 to receive a fair hearing and favorable vote. Click here to view a backgrounder explaining what HB 707 does and why it is needed.
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The People’s Vote on Marriage Wins in Louisiana!
Baton Rouge, La.- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana today upheld Louisiana’s constitutional right to keep its traditional definition of marriage. Judge Martin L.C. Feldman ruled in Robicheaux, et al v. Caldwell, et al, that “[t]he State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process.”
Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum, applauded Judge Feldman’s ruling saying, “This ruling confirms that the people of Louisiana – not the federal courts – have the constitutional right to decide how marriage is defined in this state.”
Judge Feldman’s opinion asserts, “[t]he Court finds that Louisiana’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman and the limitation on recognition of same-sex marriages permitted by law in other states found in Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution and article 3520(B) of the Louisiana Civil Code do not infringe the guarantees of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution.”
“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his special counsel, Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson, deserve our thanks and praise for a job well done,” Mills said.
“LFF is aware that this decision will likely be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and finally resolved before the Supreme Court of the United States. It is our belief that this Louisiana legal team and their compelling argument should be “The Defining Case” that settles the question of whether a state has the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman, or whether the courts will take that right from the people,” Mills continued.
Traditional Marriage Depends on Louisiana!
On Monday, October 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from five states seeking to preserve lawful bans on same-sex marriage. The Court’s decision does not legalize same-sex “marriage” nationwide, but does force the redefinition of marriage upon those five states and potentially other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits.
“Yesterday’s decision simply ups the ante’ on Louisiana’s two marriage cases – one pending in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the other pending in the Louisiana Supreme Court,” said Gene Mills, president of Louisiana Family Forum. “LFF holds that the people of any state – rather than unelected unaccountable federal court judges – should be making marriage policy decisions.”
Kyle Duncan, the attorney hired by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office to argue in support of the state’s same-sex marriage ban in Louisiana’s federal case and state case, said, “If courts out there start going the other direction … then you are going to have a real split in authority and more reason for the Supreme Court to step in.”
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