The Marriage and Conscience Act is a Must

By Tony Perkins

After the last few weeks, Christians in the Pelican State want to put as much distance between Louisiana and Indiana as possible. The two states are already separated by miles — but most voters are hoping they’re even farther apart on religious liberty. Cowering under the Left’s pressure, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) agreed to gut what would have been a powerful affirmation of the Hoosiers’ first freedoms. After a barrage of misinformation and outright lies, Indiana’s leaders ran for the cover of “compromise,” and instead ended up compromising freedom.

Now, as the smoke starts to clear from Indianapolis, homosexual activists are on the move again — this time to my home state. Emboldened by their success in Governor Pence’s backyard, they’re on the march to Louisiana to deny basic protections for people to live and work according to their personal beliefs. Fortunately, Louisiana already has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), but state Rep. Mike Johnson (R) is making sure the government can’t discriminate against individuals, businesses, or organizations based on their religious beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. He’s introduced The Marriage and Conscience Act to stop the government from penalizing Americans who believe marriage is the union of a man and woman. Under this measure, the state couldn’t punish a person’s marriage views in tax, grant, contract, or other program decisions.

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Of course, liberals are already out in full force claiming that the bill is somehow “discriminatory” — when in fact, it aims to end discrimination by the state against anyone with orthodox views on marriage. Contrary to some of the Left’s claims, this legislation doesn’t change any law to allow people or businesses to do anything that’s currently against the law. Ultimately, it has no effect on the private transactions of the citizens of Louisiana.

But homosexual activists never let the facts get in the way of good, old-fashioned fearmongering. The bill will face one of its biggest tests right away, in committee. After leaders in Indiana sold out at the last minute, Christians across the country are learning – fast — that we need to speak up. Governor Jindal and elected officials are already hearing from liberal activists. Will they hear from you? If you’re from Louisiana, click here to make sure they do! For more on the Louisiana bill, check out Travis Weber’s column, “Why Do We Need Louisiana’s Marriage and Conscience Act?  Ask Indiana Pizza Owners.

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based FRC Action. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

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