With “religious freedom” bills back in the national news again, Governor John Bel Edwards is getting ready to follow through on a campaign promise. Deadline Hollywood reported that Edwards is preparing to revoke a Jindal era executive order that allows businesses to to deny service to same sex couples.
“Governor Edwards will issue the executive order, but it is in the drafting stage,” the Gov’s press secretary Shauna Sanford, told Deadline. “As far as Jindal’s religious liberty order, the governor intends to rescind it in the near future.”
On May 19, 2015, Jindal issued the controversial order hours after a bipartisan vote sank a “religious freedom” bill with the same intent. In an accompanying statement the then-Governor said, “This executive order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
A second bill introduced during the 2016 would also allow denial of business, but legislature watchers are doubtful about passage and even in that event Edwards has vowed to veto such legislation.
The issue once again attracted media attention when Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill earlier this week.