Wednesday, July 01, 2015

ACLU Sues Louisiana Governor Over Order On Protection of Anti-Gay Marriage Beliefs

The ACLU of Louisiana announced yesterday that it has filed suit in Louisiana state court challenging Governor Bobby Jindal's May 19 Marriage and Conscience Order. The challenged executive order prohibits government departments, commissions, boards, agencies and local governments from denying various benefits because a person acts in accordance with his religious belief that marriage should be only between one man and one woman. (See prior posting.)  The complaint (full text) in ACLU Foundation of Louisiana v. Jindal, (LA Dist. Ct., filed 6/30/2015), contends that Jindal's Order "is an unauthorized usurpation of the powers vested in the legislature." As reported by the Bayou Buzz, Gov. Jindal issued a statement in response to the lawsuit, saying in part: "The ACLU used to defend civil liberties, now it appears they attack them."  Meanwhile on Monday the Governor's Office posted on its website a legal memorandum (full text) on religious liberty in light of the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling.