|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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