Bobby Jindal hates gays more than he hates executive orders

Bobby Jindal wants to be president and, for whatever reason, he apparently thinks he can make that happen. He also knows that if he expects to win a Republican primary, he has to hate at least two things: gays and executive orders.

Yesterday, he had to choose which one he hated more, and he picked gays.

Jindal has been pushing for a “Marriage and Conscience Act” in Louisiana, a right-to-discriminate bill that would go beyond the state’s existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act to specifically protect religious business owners from avoiding having to exchange goods and services with people the Bible tells them not to like. In advocating for the bill, Jindal went as far as to pen an op-ed in the New York Times to let the country know that if you love cake and hate gays, Louisiana’s the place for you.

The Marriage and Conscience Act died an ignoble death in committee yesterday in a lopsided 10-2 vote. The bill had faced familiar opposition from business groups who — conscience and decency aside — don’t like it when you make it legal to not sell things.

Almost immediately following the bill’s defeat, Jindal vowed to issue an executive order “that will accomplish the intent” of the bill.

This is ironic to say the least, given what Bobby Jindal’s had to say about executive orders when other people use them. Here’ s what the Governor of Louisiana had to say when President Obama issued an executive order to allow the parents of DREAMers to stay in the country:

The President is lecturing us and not listening to us. He’s bypassing Congress, and ignoring the American people. Unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants does nothing to solve our immigration problem, it only makes it worse. Our border is not secure. If we want to solve our immigration problem, job one is to secure the border. Fed Ex can track every package it ships, surely America can figure out who is crossing our borders. I saw the crisis first hand over the summer — I went to the border. I saw folks illegally crossing it. We must secure the border.

Granting amnesty by executive order is wrong. It will incentivize more of this illegal immigration. If the President wants to make the case that the law should be changed, he should go make the case to Congress and our people. This is an arrogant, cynical political move by the President, and it’s why so many Americans no longer trust this President to solve the problems we face.

It doesn’t take too much work with the find and replace function to come up with an awfully similar statement regarding Jindal’s planned executive action:

Bobby Jindal, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Bobby Jindal, via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

The Governor is lecturing us and not listening to us. He’s bypassing the Legislature, and ignoring the people of Louisiana. Unilaterally granting the right to discriminate to thousands of hateful Christians does nothing to solve our civil rights problem, it only makes it worse. Our rights are not secure. If we want to solve our civil rights problem, job one is to secure equality. Wal-Mart can track every cake it makes, surely Louisiana can figure out who needs their wedding catered. I saw the crisis first hand over the spring — I went to Memories Pizza. I saw folks being denied food. We must secure equality.

Granting the right to discriminate by executive order is wrong. It will incentivize more of this hateful discrimination. If the Governor wants to make the case that the law should be changed, he should go make the case to the Legislature and his people. This is an arrogant, cynical political move by the Governor, and it’s why so many Louisianans no longer trust this Governor to solve the problems they face.

All true, minus the Memories Pizza bit.

Of course, Bobby Jindal doesn’t care about being a good governor for Louisiana. The state budget is full of holes, its school system is falling apart and, as a consequence, Jindal’s approval rating is in the high 20s. Not unlike some other Republican governors, particularly ones whose last name rhymes with “Misty,” he’s working for Iowa more than he is for his home state. This latest political end-around over the objections of pretty much everyone involved, from Democrats to Republicans to big business, shows what happens when you give up on governing in favor of politicking.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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40 Responses to “Bobby Jindal hates gays more than he hates executive orders”

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  2. hidflect says:

    I doubt BJ (as he shall be known) really gives a flying flick about gays. He’s a shameless panderer of the first order.

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  4. MoonDragon says:

    Kind of reminds me of how so many state legislatures and governors want to nullify federal law when it conflicts with what they want to do, local control and all that. But when cities or other municipalities want to impose local bans that the state politicians, or their backers, don’t like . . .

  5. Indigo says:

    Um . . . I was thinking of the pieces of paper with Benjamin Franklin’s portrait on them. But there’s likely to be instances where you’ve got it exactly right.

  6. 2karmanot says:

    As long as they are 12 or under.

  7. skeptic888 says:

    Oh, so there’s a report of malfeasance by one individual in a single Science paper and suddenly all LGBT reporting is biased? And do you apply the same level of scrutiny to the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, ad nauseum for their biased reporting?

  8. dcinsider says:

    I missed that election appointing you spokesman. How long is your term?

  9. mf_roe says:

    Yes, the Repugs’ G-Spot. Of course the Dems have similar reflexes “Halliburton” “mission accomplished”. Our politics are two automated voice menus reacting to each other an endless loop of circular thinking.

  10. nicho says:

    Yes, but nothing works like “Benghazi.” I had to call my sister yesterday — something I only do when absolutely necessary and there is no other option. We were five minutes into the conversation when Benghazi came up.

  11. nicho says:

    This study was not conducted by the “LGBT community.” It was a university research paper. And your other examples of this “astounding increase?”

  12. Indigo says:

    That’s a mighty crowded clown car!

    Oh, by the way. Florida is buzzing that over-spender Mario Rubio (aka Aaron Schock?) is having financial problems.

  13. Indigo says:

    Thank the ancient goddess Bridget he didn’t name the lad Sean or Shawn. Whatever he is, it’s not Irish.

  14. Indigo says:

    A couple of Benjamins will turn that key.

  15. DoverBill says:

    Happy < 1% in Iowa, ass hat.

  16. Testosterone says:

    I tried to warn people about biased reporting by LGBT community that has been increasing astoundingly over past year. Here is one. A massive government agency is next-in-line to be outed for their (quasi-illegal) manipulation to push SSM.

    The following LGBT supporter, Michael J. LaCour

    is currently in hot-water for fabricating a study co-authored by Donald Green, a professor at Columbia University, about changing attitudes in Los Angeles over SSM, purporting to show that, when LGBT people sat down with heterosexuals and had a “heart-to-heart”, the heterosexuals changed their mind about homosexuality. The study was published in Science.

    Researchers had been complaining for months that the study seemed faked, that heterosexuals would not change their mind so quickly, and that the data did not have enough variance, but no one listened, until two graduate students at U.S. Berkeley dug in deeper, then contacted a professor at Yale to verify, then contacted the purported firm that was hired to collect data online about the “heart-to-heart” meetings.

    The firm that was supposedly used to collect the data that showed that heterosexuals were changing their minds on SSM said that they never heard of the study.

    Suspicious, the two U.C. Berkeley students asked for the data collected by the data-collection firm. At first, Michael J. LaCour lied and said that he accidentally deleted the data off his hard disk. But of course, he was only buying time.

    The Yale professor reportedly asked Michael J. LaCour,s advisor, Lynn Vavreck to confront LaCour, and they did, and LaCour has since clammed-up.

    LaCour apparently also lied about funding for the project.

    Anyone who has done research at the university level knows that, for a paper to be published in Science, it is highly unlikely that a research advisor would be completely in the dark about what happened.

    I suspect that Lynn Vavreck is deeply complicit in this lie.

  17. mf_roe says:

    The Cajuns are the only worthwhile part of the state, most of it is a mix of –East Texas and Mississippi–sorry forgot the Creoles the ones who know how to party.

  18. RepubAnon says:

    I wonder what happens when some Muslims use the “Conscience Clause” to follow Sharia Law rather than Louisiana law…

  19. mirth says:


    “Lewis see anna” seems, I dunno…too clear a pronunciation for them folks (now see, here I’m channeling Obama) down on the bayou.

  20. 2karmanot says:

    Hi Mirth, missed you too. Glad to see you here. It’s been a while.

  21. mf_roe says:

    It’s tough convincing the Priest you are worthy of conversion.

  22. mf_roe says:

    Thought is was Lewis see anna

  23. woodroad34 says:

    Oh, it’s sooooo hard to be the cool kid. Why doesn’t anyone listen to him; why does he have to do evvvvvverything himself??? Oh, If I only ran Cuba…..

  24. mirth says:

    Well, he has a son named Slade.

  25. NATHAN AMAL says:

    this is the delusional brown guy who thinks he’s white, right?

  26. mf_roe says:

    the Indian in service to Empire didn’t play?

  27. Butch1 says:

    He can take his “Official Miss Pittypat Tea Set that serves four” with him as well.

  28. Butch1 says:

    ;-) Love the play on names.

  29. mirth says:

    2karmanot, I am so glad to have your blog link! Somehow it didn’t survive a pc switch more than one year ago and I have missed your terrific writing and videos. Thanks a bunch for it.

  30. mf_roe says:

    I see it this way, saying “Praise Jesus” buys them 5 minutes to say anything without the the flock paying any attention at all. Using the “O____ Word” puts the flock in racial spaz-gasam. Involke Security and the faithful insert earplugs and don blindfolds. Just a long list of obedience tricks that reduce the Goppers to organ grinder monkeys.

  31. nicho says:

    As a gay man — and, as such, an official spokesman for my people — let me say that we prefer he stay in the closet.

  32. mf_roe says:

    I read where he was taken with Bobby on “The Brady Bunch” when he was a child. Apparently Gunga-Jin thought he looked like the “Brady” character.

  33. mirth says:

    “America is the land that fought for freedom and then began passing laws to get rid of it.”

    Alfred E Neuman

  34. Bill_Perdue says:

    Jindal is encouraging and enabling violence against the LGBT communities. He’s a criminal and guilty of crimes against humanity.

  35. 2karmanot says:

    Speaking of Piyush’s closet—-here, just for fun:

  36. Butch1 says:

    Does this phobe have something in his own closet that he doesn’t ever want to get out?

  37. nicho says:

    GOP candidates have no problem being inconsistent. Their base has an attention span of something like 20 minutes — if that.

  38. Quilla says:


    The Duh! Moment will be coming soon.

  39. heimaey says:

    Piyush him out of the closet.

  40. Quilla says:

    “Bobby” needs to come out of his closet and embrace reality.

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