Steve Ralls

Bobby Jindal: A Decadence We Can Do Without

Filed By Steve Ralls | August 21, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: Bobby Jindal, John McCain, Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana, New Orleans, Southern Decadence

Next Thursday, I'll be heading to New Orleans to join my friends who call the city home for its annual Labor Day debauchery, also known as Southern Decadence. It will be the first time I have been to the city since it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. And I'll be arriving in the Big Easy as one political convention has just ended and one is gearing up to begin.

While it may seem odd to link Southern Decadance, partying in New Orleans and the 2008 race for the White House, there's troubling news just out from the AP that stitches it all together. That link is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, rumored to be on Senator John McCain's VP short list. Early Thursday morning, Jindal announced that he plans a huge step backwards for Louisiana's vibrant gay community.

By Friday morning, anti-gay discrimination in Jindal's state will be legal once again.

Governor Jindal, a former Congressman who is also (really!) an exorcist, told the media on Thursday that he has no plans to renew an executive order, signed in 2004 by his predecessor Kathleen Blanco, which prohibits discrimination and harassment against state workers and contractors. Among the categories included in the order is sexual orientation.

"Jindal said Wednesday that discrimination is prohibited under state and federal laws and he doesn't want to create more special categories by executive order," the Associated Press reported. "He also said he worried it could cause problems with faith-based organizations' ability to contract with the state . . . "

"We're not going to renew it. That shouldn't come as a surprise," he said.

What may come as a surprise, however, is Jindal's stunning ignorance of the law. There is, of course, no federal (or state) statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as Jindal well knows. During his time in the House of Representatives, Jindal voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring that no such federal protections were made available to the community.

So while he told the AP that "we oppose discrimination," his actions fail to keep up with his words.

There has also been no known instance where a faith-based organization or contractor has been unwilling or unable to work with the state, or has complained that Blanco's executive order impeded their ability to do so. In short, there isn't a shred of evidence to support Jindal's justification for allowing the law to die.

In a statement released earlier today, Julie Thompson, president of the New Orleans chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, called Jindal's proposal anti-family.

"Governor Jindal is proposing an unacceptable step backwards for Louisiana," Thompson said. "Our state's proud history of 'Union, Justice, Confidence' is undermined when our public leaders strip our families of basic protections we should all enjoy. There is nothing 'pro-family' about rolling back protections for some families."

"Allowing Louisiana's anti-discrimination order to expire would mean the end of any legal protection for gay citizens in the state," the organization's executive director added. "By not renewing this critically important measure, Governor Jindal would remove the welcome mat from Louisiana's front door. It is imperative, and urgent, that the Governor not allow the state's commitment to non-discrimination to expire."

Don't let Bobby Jindal roll-back protections for Louisiana's families.

Call Governor Jindal's office, at (225) 342-0991, and let him know that discriminating against gays is bad policy, and bad business, for Louisiana.

Bobby Jindal's prejudice is a decadence we can all live without.

Louisiana does not need a governor - and our country does not need a VP - who believes that some people are less equal than others.


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Does this surprise anyone? Elect a Republican, they will erase such things. It's what you get when you vote Republican, or when a majority of the citizens of your state are stark raving full-out looney tunes idiots! (as they are in mine).

This is exactly why federal legislation is needed...

"Bobby Jindal's prejudice is a decadence we can all live without."

I guess I'll have to be the one who is unfashionable enough to point out that trans people in Louisiana are no worse off after the rescinding of the order than they were while it was in effect - given that we were no better off after it was issued than we were before it was issued.

Why?

It was not trans-inclusive.

If rescinding an order protecting gays, lesbians and bisexuals is "prejudice" and "decadence we can all live without," what is issuance in the first instance of an order makes trans people legally unequal to gays, lesbians and bisexuals - an inequality that trans people should not have to (and, in far too many instances, literally cannot) live with?

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | August 22, 2008 10:27 AM

Very powerful Kat and very true.

Bobby Jindal is obviously a prick. He's used the protections provided by our government while rolling back those same protections for others. He claims that the religious exemption isn't big enough. Perhaps, we should allow for an exemption for evangelicals to kill those damned furriners since they seem to find a Bible verse to justify it...

steven jerome | August 29, 2008 11:13 AM

The time has come for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered person in this state to come together in a cohesive effort to make sure that this will be the only term that Mr. Jindal is allowed to serve in public office. Anybody who feels that a certain group of people should be discriminated on should not be allowed to serve in public office.
I am now making a public vow to use all of my abilities and resources to make sure that Mr. Jindal is not reelected to another term or any public representative that supports his beliefs and actions.
As a gay man who is actively employed and pay taxes I refused to be discriminated against to pacify some faith based organization. The time has come for every gay man and woman in this state to speak up against this injustice. If we don't come out of the closet on this issue, we may pretty soon find ourselves without a home to have a closet in.
I am therefore pleading with every man and woman in the state of Louisiana to work with me in this grass root effort to overturn the injustice of Mr. Jindal and to rid the state government of this menace to all.
Mr. Jindal's actions has jeopardized the livelihood of men, women and children in this state. Although he swears that he is looking out for the children. How can he be looking for the children when he has jeopardized the jobs of their parents! And yes! gays and lesbians are proud parents, I know I have three beautiful grand daughters. If you would like to join me in this fight, you can write me directly at choirboysj@gmail.com

have a great gay day!
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