Following a religious freedom bill designed to protect foes of gay marriage which failed in the Louisiana Legislature, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, delivered an executive order, the Marriage and Conscience Order, with similar language. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against Jindal’s directive.
“Governor Jindal has violated the Louisiana Constitution by setting up special protections for those who share his belief system,” said Marjorie Esman, the executive director of the ACLU’s Louisiana branch. “In our country no one is above the law, including the Governor. He swore to uphold the laws of Louisiana. This lawsuit seeks to hold him to that oath.”
Justifying his action, Jindal said that his action is intended “to help protect religious liberty.”
Following his press release, Jindal affirmed his assertions in remarks to the The Times-Picayune.
“The ACLU used to defend civil liberties, now it appears they attack them. The Left likes to pick and choose which liberties they support at any given time, and it seems to me that religious liberty has fallen out of favor with them,” Jindal said.
Jindal’s gesture appears as an unusually divisive and ruthless tactic.
Supporters of gay marriage charge heterosexual marriages have enjoyed all the common comforts the institution of marriage can provide without specific language written into law. They further assert the ACLU is simply advocating for those homosexuals who have competed with both the law and society to embrace change.
Critics charge the recent interpretation of marriage within the framework of our court system excludes the heterosexual definition of marriage existing as a one-flesh unification of a man and a woman. Comparisons to successful religious-protection dictums in Indiana and Arkansas, both of which underwent modifications, are precise: Both states chose to enhance recent court interpretations or were prepared for court challenges and codified specific phraseology to avoid the exclusion of traditional marriage.
Laws criminalizing homosexual behavior are inequitable and an insult to the image of God rooted in those who chose participate in organized religious establishments.
Citizens tend to be future-oriented. Citizens also tend to want to our political system, all three branches, to devise, enforce or interpret laws in ways which will both prevent infringements to lifestyle and improve our life in a practical way. Despite the fact secular and non-secular society clash, citizens also expect our government to offer firm, fair and consistent protection from assaults on religious liberties.[thehill.com]