Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jindal Will Leave Families Behind

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (pictured) has announced that he will let the state's non-discrimination order, originally signed into law by his predecessor, Kathleen Blanco, to expire on Friday. The law bars state agencies and contractors from harassment and discrimination on the basis race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation or disabilities.

"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 reports. "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.

If not a surprise, it will certainly be a monumental disappointment to the countless Louisiana families who were protected by the executive order.

Jindal should be aware that no other Louisiana law - and certainly no federal law - protects LGBT Americans in the way he says. As a member of Congress, Jindal voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban workplace discrimination. So while he told the AP that "we oppose discrimination," his actions fail to keep up with his words.

"I’d want to make sure we weren’t driving out faith-based providers from state government, from providing state services," Jindal said during his campaign against Blanco.

Apparently, however, he has no such worries about leaving families with LGBT loved ones behind.

If you are a Louisiana resident, click here to email Jindal and urge him to renew Louisiana's commitment to non-discrimination. It's the only pro-family thing to do.

Update: Join the conversation about Jindal's decision at Pam's House Blend, The Bilerico Project, The Michael-in-Norfolk blog, and at Lavender Newswire.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Let's Do for Bobby Jindal what Dan Savage did for Rick Santorum!

Jindal (JIN - dal) n.
1. A member of a disempowered, underrepresented minority group who persecutes members of similarly disempowered, underrepresented groups upon attaining a position authority to curry favor with the leadership of the group or groups in power.

2. A member of a disempowered minority group who persecutes other minorities to curry favor with his or her oppressors.

Synonyms: schill, token, pawn, tool, Judenrat