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Thursday, May 21

A bill for establishing religious freedom : Louisiana Lawmakers Reject Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Overrides With Executive Order

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers rejected a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that provided protections to business owners and others who have convictions not to participate in same-sex ceremonies, resulting in the state’s governor issuing an executive order to ensure that protections are in place.
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) had introduced H.B. 707 to ensure that businesses are not punished by the state government for their beliefs about marriage.
“Protecting religious freedom from government intrusion is a governmental interest of the highest order,” it reads. “Legislatively enacted measures advance this interest by remedying, deterring, and preventing government interference with the right of conscience and religious exercise in a way that complements the protections mandated by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and … the Constitution of Louisiana.”
“Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, this state shall not take any adverse action against a person, wholly or partially, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage,” the bill declares.

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