Defiant Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Says He Will Stand Firm On Opposing Gay Marriage

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Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal penned a defiant op-ed in the Thursday edition of The New York Times, defending his opposition to gay marriage. In his diatribe, Jindal attacked corporations and “left-wing activists”, accusing them of bullying elected officials, in order to undermine “religious freedom” laws in Indiana and Arkansas. Governor Jindal insisted that he would not bow to economic pressure from corporations to modify his position in Louisiana. Jindal plans to fight for passage of a ”Marriage and Conscience Act”, and he says he will not be deterred by corporate pressure, not to sign the legislation into law.

In a case of projectionism, Jindal angrily argued:

That political leaders in both states (Indiana and Arkansas) quickly cowered amid the shrieks of big business and the radical left should alarm us all. As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

He continued with more hyperbole, excoriating business leaders, and ironically, characterizing supporters of marriage equality as intolerant radicals while defending his radically intolerant position. Jindal argued:

If we, as conservatives, are to succeed in advancing the cause of freedom and free enterprise, the business community must stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for religious liberty. The left-wing ideologues who oppose religious freedom are the same ones who seek to tax and regulate businesses out of existence. The same people who think that profit making is vulgar believe that religiosity is folly. The fight against this misguided, government-dictating ideology is one fight, not two. Conservative leaders cannot sit idly by and allow large corporations to rip our coalition in half.

Governor Jindal clearly relishes a fight with business leaders and marriage equality supporters, hoping to burnish his credentials as a rock-solid social conservative.  While such an intemperate position may excite far right evangelical voters, Bobby Jindal’s intransigence will likely serve as a lifelong source of embarrassment to the Governor, as history passes him by.

Like George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door in the 1960s, Bobby Jindal may feel proud, as fellow bigots rally to his side. Yet, like Wallace, Jindal is merely solidifying that his legacy will be to be remembered forever as an anti-gay bigot who stood in the way of progress at a crucial juncture in American history. Whether corporations choose to boycott Louisiana or not, Jindal has made sure that he will personally stand on the wrong side of history. That he is doing it so proudly, on the pages of The New York Times, only accelerates the speed at which Jindal will complete his demise into history’s hall of discredited bigots who once served as Governors. Jindal has earned that dubious honor. At some point, he may regret it.

18 Replies to “Defiant Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Says He Will Stand Firm On Opposing Gay Marriage”

  1. When the money coming into his state starts drying up, I bet he changes his tune. This may be his game now, but when it affects the pocketbook of the religious bigots, they’ll kick his a$$ to the curb. Twit!

  2. like the just recovered alcoholic or the ‘I just quit’ smoker demanding everyone else abstain faux ‘Christian or Catholic’ demands that everyone kneel and obey…

    Thank you Piyush…

  3. This pos-er is just as backward concerning women’s ab-ortion rights. And educated voters all know Jesus didn’t
    ride a painted elephant.[WINK]

  4. I always have to heave a sigh and roll my eyes whenever self-proclaimed Christians indignantly declare that gay marriage defies “the word of God”. This argument is both cowardly and disingenuous — using biased interpretations of cherry-picked biblical passages to justify their brand of social intolerance and religious self-righteousness.

    The reason why some people are so opposed to gay marriage — and all of the rights and benefits that come with a marriage certificate — is because the thought of homosexuals expressing physical affection for one another totally repulses them, and the notion that such a relationship could be officially sanctioned through marriage pours salt into the wound of their prejudice.

    Bottom line: Jindal is a shining example demonstrating why religious zealotry and public policy make poor bedfellows.

  5. I’m just wondering how much shrimp (shellfish) these religious zealots in Louisiana eat? If they eat a bite, it proves it’s their bigotry and hatred and has nothing to do with “religious freedom”.

  6. “Jindal may come to regret’?

    Regret implies a conscience.

    As we are all well aware Republicans in general and Jindal in particular- does not have one.

    So now he chooses to stand up to “immoral” corporations? A notion at odds with Mittens’ stance.

  7. And once again people, America is NOT a theocracy.
    Jindal can possess all the religiosity he desires, but you don’t govern on those beliefs.

  8. This racist, mysoginistic, homophobic dickhead will choke on his own, bigoted words…..jindal should take his racist attitude back to India, where they look down on those of poverty—he would do well to remember that his voice is that of Hitler, Stalin, McCarthy and of biggots past who tried to stop Black children from going to schools with Whites……and needs a swift kick to the head!!! I wonder how much longer the American public will put up with this level of bigotry from the republicaNazi party and their goose-stepping, dickhead governors………..

  9. Quite a bit longer, I’m afraid.

    Why was Brownback re-elected? He keeps telling people as long as they give tax breaks to the corporations things will get better, but they don’t.

    Same for Scott Walker. If nothing else the people of Wisconsin should have thrown him out for the way he treated the teachers and government workers. But they didn’t. They gave him another 4 years to drive Wisconsin further into the ground.

    Then you have people like the lady who is convinced that the President was going to nuke Charleston and fired the generals that refused to follow his orders.

    As long as Democrats do not stand up and call their opponents out, as long as Democrats act as if they are Republican lite, we are going to have to put up with the tyranny of the Republicans.

    There are a number of congressional seats up for grab in 2016. The Democrats need to stand tall and speak out, loud and clear, what they stand for. If they don’t, the bad guys will win again.

  10. Marriage and Conscience Act/Bill!? REALY!? First of Piyush Marriage is NONE of your business and Second Konservative Korporate Khristians HAVE NO CONSCIENCE!! And furthermore What JCBlues said!!!

  11. Labman, “religious zealotry and public policy make poor bedfellows” for us to be sure!! But for the Conservatives it is a Marriage made in Heaven<tongue in cheek!

  12. @reynardine…His whitewashed potrait won’t help him get out of the mess he has created by maligning gays and same sex marriage. He’s what he is, a dark skinned male of Indian descent.
    This fool will regret his stupid nonsense and projections in due course.
    What dribble. His State is bankrupt thanks to his mismanagement and all he can think about is same sex marriage. Me thinks he protests too much.

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