Gov. Bobby Jindal Fights Marriage Equality In NYT Op-Ed
Governor Bobby Jindal has more to prove to the GOP base that he's a "good 'ol boy," so he has overcompensated with a particularly disgusting op-ed attacking same-sex marriage penned for the New York Times. Titled "I'm Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage," Jindal argues that it's Christians who are the ones being bullied in America, not the LGBT community.
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.
Some corporations have already contacted me and asked me to oppose this law. I am certain that other companies, under pressure from radical liberals, will do the same. They are free to voice their opinions, but they will not deter me. As a nation we would not compel a priest, minister or rabbi to violate his conscience and perform a same-sex wedding ceremony. But a great many Americans who are not members of the clergy feel just as called to live their faith through their businesses. That’s why we should ensure that musicians, caterers, photographers and others should be immune from government coercion on deeply held religious convictions.
I hold the view that has been the consensus in our country for over two centuries: that marriage is between one man and one woman. Polls indicate that the American consensus is changing — but like many other believers, I will not change my faith-driven view on this matter, even if it becomes a minority opinion.
A pluralistic and diverse society like ours can exist only if we all tolerate people who disagree with us. That’s why religious freedom laws matter — and why it is critical for conservatives and business leaders to unite in this debate.
Those who believe in freedom must stick together: If it’s not freedom for all, it’s not freedom at all. This strategy requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters. This is the grand bargain that makes freedom’s defense possible.
Lifting one of the greatest assets of the successful LGBT rights movement -- that we, queer people, are and were actually persecuted the larger society -- doesn't work so well for right-wing Christian theocracy proponents. It's not a one-size fits all shortcut to tapping into the empathy of Americans. I guess we'll just have to see how well this play turns out for Gov. Jindal.
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