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Bobby Jindal: Turned Back the Clock on Non-Discrimination Protections

Throughout his political career, Bobby Jindal has routinely opposed efforts to move toward LGBT equality, and he’s bragged that he was not a politician who was going to change his anti-LGBT positions based on “polling.” He’s even worked against existing Louisiana protections that protected LGBT workers from discrimination.

Marriage : Jindal voted in favor of a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, and said that he also supported a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. He defied a Department of Defense ruling that LGBT military personnel in Louisiana should be given access to domestic partner benefits. He said he was proud to defend the “traditional definition of marriage.”

Discrimination: Jindal allowed executive orders that protected LGBT workers from discrimination to expire, and he’s said he’s opposed to laws that would protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. And he embraced Indiana-style legislation that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination.

Executive Order: As governor, Jindal repealed executive orders that protected LGBT workers from discrimination.

Conversion Therapy: Jindal has campaigned with groups that support dangerous so-called “conversion therapy” and appointed a leading conversion therapy advocate to state office.

Adoption: Jindal signed bills that banned same-sex couples from adopting children, and backed efforts that prevented LGBT couples from using surrogate parents.

Anti-Bullying: Jindal worked to remove provisions from a bill that would ban bullying based on sexual orientation.

Harmful Rhetoric : Defended the homophobic comments made by Duck Dynasty cast member, and bragged he was the first politician to do so.

 

Jindal’s Notable Quotes on LGBT Equality

On Same-Sex Marriage, Jindal Said “I Am Not A Weather Vane On This Issue And I’m Not Going To Change My Position.” According to the Washington Examiner: I know there are folks that are changing their position on [same-sex marriage],’ Jindal said. ‘I know former Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton, President Obama, have changed their positions on this. I know you can certainly see where opinion polls it appears a lot of folks have changed their positions on this. I’m not a weather vane on this issue and I’m not going to change my position. I continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.’”[Washington Examiner, 10/7/2014 ]

Jindal Accused President Obama Of Eroding The Rights Of Religious Americans Through Anti-Discriminatory Same-Sex Marriage Laws, Amounting To A “Silent War On Religious Liberty.” According to the Huffington Post: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a scathing attack on the Obama administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night, saying an ‘onslaught of lawsuits based on anti-discrimination laws amount to a ‘silent war on religious liberty.’ These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution,’ Jindal said. ‘But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution. America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America.’ Jindal, a practicing Catholic raised by Hindu parents, accused President Barack Obama and ‘a group of like-minded elites’ of eroding the rights of religious Americans by burdening devout businesses with anti-discriminatory same-sex marriage laws and federally mandated health insurance coverage.” [Huffington Post, 2/14/2014 ]

 

Jindal on the Issues

Marriage Equality: Opposed

Protecting LGBT Americans from Discrimination: Opposed

President Obama’s Executive Orders: Opposed

Ban Harmful “Conversion Therapy” Opposed

LGBT Adoption: Opposed

Anti-Bullying: Opposed

 

Significant Findings on Marriage Equality

Voted for state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Louisiana

Campaigned against judges who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage

Said bans on same-sex marriage were not discrimination

Defied Department of Defense directive to offer LGBT military personnel in Louisiana domestic partner benefits.

Said he was committed to opposing same-sex marriage, and wouldn’t change his views regardless of polling on the issue

Committed to supporting federal constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman

Said the Supreme Court should not rule in favor of marriage equality

Said he would attend a same-sex wedding

 

2006: Jindal Voted In Favor Of A Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage As A Union Of A Man And A Woman. According to the Associated Press: “Jindal opposes gay marriage and supports the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage….. As a Louisiana congressman, he voted in favor of a joint resolution in 2006 to propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman.” [Associated Press, 7/2/2013]

Jindal Campaigned To Defeat Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins Due To His Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Decision. According to Slate: “The Iowa ouster [of judges who supported same-sex marriage decision in Iowa] and the growth in campaign money has made more judges fear that an unpopular decision could trigger retaliation in the next election. That is precisely what the architects of the Iowa campaign were seeking. Campaign chief Bob Vander Plaats called the Iowa 2010 vote, ‘a strong message for freedom to the Iowa Supreme Court and to the entire nation that activist judges who seek to write their own law won't be tolerated any longer.’ This fall, new campaigns were mounted to oust justices in Florida, Iowa, and Arizona. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stumped in Iowa to defeat Justice David Wiggins, one of the other four members of the court who had signed on to the same-sex marriage decision….Iowans voted to retain Justice Wiggins by 8 points, and voters in other states rejected partisan challenges to their high court justices.” [Slate, 12/12/2012]

Jindal Said Court Rulings On Marriage Equality Could Lead To Overturning Laws On Property Rights And The Second Amendment. At an event held by the National Organization for Marriage to campaign against a judge who voted in favor of same-sex marriage in Iowa, Jindal said, “Reality is, today we’re talking about redefining marriage. If the court is allowed to impose and write their own laws and their own views, and overturn those that are done by our duly-elected representatives, what’s to stop them? Today it’s marriage. Tomorrow it may be property rights, maybe it’s Second Amendment rights. We have got to take a stand against judicial activism.” [YouTube, NOMVideofeed, 9/27/2012 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said In A List Of Things That Will Lead To A “Revolt Against The Nanny State” Was The “Left’s” Belief That “ Traditional Marriage Is Discriminatory. In an op-ed in Politico telling Republicans not to “navel-gaze” after 2012 elections, Jindal said, “At some point, the American public is going to revolt against the nanny state and the leftward march of this president. I don’t know when the tipping point will come, but I believe it will come soon. Why? Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.” [Politico, 6/18/2013 ]

Jindal Said In Repose To DOMA Ruling By Supreme Court: “How About We Let The People Decide For Themselves, Via Their Representatives And Via Referendum?” According to the Times-Picayune, in response to the Supreme Court ruling striking down parts of the Defense Of Marriage Act, Jindal said, “I believe every child deserves a mom and a dad. This opinion leaves the matter of marriage to the states where people can decide. In Louisiana, we will opt for traditional marriage. How about we let the people decide for themselves, via their representatives and via referendum?” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 6/26/2013 ]

Jindal Said Following DOMA Rulings: “In Louisiana, We Will Opt For Traditional Marriage.” According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, following the Supreme Court decisions striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act: “Gov. Bobby Jindal said every child deserves a mother and a father. ‘This opinion leaves the matter of marriage to the states where people can decide,’ Jindal said in a prepared statement. ‘In Louisiana, we will opt for traditional marriage.’” [The Baton Rouge Advocate, 6/27/2013]

Jindal Administration Would Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages For Tax Filings, Requiring Same-Sex Couples To File As Single Or Head Of Household, Despite State Law Directing Taxpayers To Use Same Status As On Federal Forms. According to the Associated Press: “Louisiana's revenue department won't recognize same-sex marriages for tax filings, despite a new IRS rule that allows legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns and a Louisiana law requiring taxpayers to use the same filing status on state and federal tax forms. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said Louisiana can't recognize a same-sex marriage tax filing because of its constitutional ban on gay marriage, according to a document outlining the state's position and obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The revenue secretary appointed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, a gay marriage opponent takes the position that Louisiana's constitution trumps a state law that directs taxpayers to use the same status on state tax returns that they use on federal returns…..Barfield writes that a gay couple filing as married on a federal tax return must file a separate Louisiana return as single or head of household, not recognizing the marriage as legitimate in Louisiana. That could deprive same-sex couples of any tax benefits that are granted specifically to married couples in the state.” [Associated Press, 9/13/2013]

Under Jindal, The Louisiana National Guard Refused To Process Benefits Requests From Same-Sex Couples, Citing Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Requiring Same-Sex Couples To File At Federal Military Installations. According to the Associated Press: “The Louisiana National Guard said it won't process requests from same-sex couples seeking benefits, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. National Guard personnel have to instead seek to file benefit requests with federal military installations around the state for processing. The leaders of both agencies were appointed by Jindal, a gay marriage opponent….. For the National Guard benefits, the decision by Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the state's adjutant general, doesn't leave military personnel choosing between state law and federal regulations. But it does make accessing the newly available benefits allowed by the Pentagon more difficult for same-sex couples in Louisiana…..National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Kazmierzak said the Guard isn't denying same-sex benefits, just requiring that people file their requests at federal military installations. That's an extra bureaucratic hurdle other married couples don't have. ‘The state of Louisiana's constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow a state official to take part in an act that recognizes same-sex marriage,’ Kazmierzak said when he explained Curtis' decision last month.” [Associated Press, 10/6/2013]

On Same-Sex Marriage, Jindal Said, “I Am Not A Weather Vane On This Issue And I’m Not Going To Change My Position.” According to the Washington Examiner: “‘I know there are folks that are changing their position on [same-sex marriage],’ Jindal said. ‘I know former Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton, President Obama, have changed their positions on this. I know you can certainly see where opinion polls it appears a lot of folks have changed their positions on this. I’m not a weather vane on this issue and I’m not going to change my position. I continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.’” [Washington Examiner, 10/7/2014 ]

Jindal: “I’m Not A Weather Vane Like President Obama Or Hillary Clinton…I Happen To Believe That Marriage Is Between A Man And A Woman.” According to the Washington Post: “But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who supports his state's ban on same-sex marriage, said he is a ‘supporter of traditional marriage’ and will not be swayed by polls. ‘I'm not a weather vane like President Obama or Hillary Clinton,’ he said during an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. ‘I happen to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.’” [Washington Post, 10/7/2014]

Jindal Said He Agreed With Sen. Ted Cruz On Marriage And Supported What Cruz Was Doing On The Issue, Including Legislation. According to the Washington Examiner: “Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Tuesday said that he agrees with potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the issue of gay marriage, which is back in the news because of the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to reject requests from five states aimed at keeping bans on same-sex marriage in place. ‘I certainly agree with the senator,’ Jindal said during a Tuesday conference call, in response to a question from the Washington Examiner. ‘I think he has proposed, he is already proposing some legislation on this, I certainly agree with the senator. I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman.’[…] ‘[T]o answer your question,’ Jindal told the Examiner, ‘certainly I support what the senator is doing.’” [Washington Examiner, 10/7/2014 ]

Jindal Said After Court Rejected Appeals To Marriage Equality Rulings That He Still Believed In “Traditional Marriage, But The Ball’s Certainly In The Court’ s Court. According to the Associated Press: “At an event in Washington, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose state has an active case that was not among those considered Monday by the Supreme Court, had a muted reaction. ‘I continue to believe in traditional marriage, but the ball's certainly in the court's court,’ he said.” [Associated Press, 10/7/2014]

Jindal Suggested Liberals Will Try To Pass Laws Designed To Pressure Churches To Perform Same-Sex Marriage Against Their Will And Blasted New Mexico Supreme Court For Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Wedding Photographer. According to Politico, in an advance copy of Jindal’s speech to the Ronald Reagan Library: “Citing a piece of failed legislation in Illinois, Jindal suggests that liberals will eventually try to pass laws designed to pressure churches to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies against their will. He also will blast the New Mexico Supreme Court for ruling last August that a wedding photography business violated the state’s Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. ‘This is the next stage of the assault, and it is only beginning,’ Jindal plans to say. ‘Today, an overwhelming majority of those who belong to a religious denomination in America — that’s more than half the country — are members of organizations that affirm the traditional definition of marriage. All of those denominations will be targeted in large and small degrees in the coming years.’” [Politico, 2/13/2014 ]

Jindal Accused President Obama Of Eroding The Rights Of Religious Americans Through Anti-Discriminatory Same-Sex Marriage Laws, Amounting To A “Silent War On Religious Liberty.” According to the Huffington Post: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a scathing attack on the Obama administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night, saying an ‘onslaught of lawsuits based on anti-discrimination’ laws amount to a ‘silent war on religious liberty.’ ‘These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution,’ Jindal said. ‘But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution. America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America.’ Jindal, a practicing Catholic raised by Hindu parents, accused President Barack Obama and ‘a group of like-minded elites’ of eroding the rights of religious Americans by burdening devout businesses with anti-discriminatory same-sex marriage laws and federally mandated health insurance coverage.” [Huffington Post, 2/14/2014 ]

Jindal Said On Same-Sex Marriage: “I Know Many Politicians Are Evolving, So-Called Evolving On This Issue Based On The Polls. I Don’t Change My Views Based On The Polls.” In an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Jindal said when asked about recent court decisions striking same-sex marriage bans: “Well, look, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that. I'm not for discrimination against anybody. I know that many politicians are evolving, so-called evolving on this issue based on the polls. I don't change my views based on the polls.” [ABC, This Week 1/25/2015 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said He Would Support Ted Cruz’s Constitutional Amendment To Define Marriage As Between A Man And A Woman If Court Were To Strike Louisiana’ s Same-Sex Marriage Ban. Asked about his opinion on recent court decisions striking same-sex marriage bans, Jindal said, “I am proud that in Louisiana, we define marriage as between a man and a woman. If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our constitutional amendment -- I hope they wouldn't do that -- if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment in the congress and D.C., a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage. I think it should be between a man and a woman.” [ABC, This Week 1/25/2015 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said He Was “Proud To Stand Up And Say That I Believe In The Traditional Definition Of Marriage, Between A Man And A Woman.” According to LifeSite News: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told LifeSite News today that he is ‘proud to stand up for innocent, unborn life’ and ‘proud to stand up and say that I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a woman.’ Speaking at a press event after a luncheon sponsored by the American Principles Project (APP) in Washington, D.C., the probable 2016 presidential candidate said that the Republican Party should be forthright about what it believes on all issues. ‘I think that as conservatives, we can stand up for everything we believe in,’ Jindal said in response to a question by LifeSite News about what he would tell potential 2016 presidential candidates to do about social issues like religious liberty and abortion. He also criticized those who say ‘we need to split up the electorate,’ and called the idea that changing one's message to attract different audiences ‘nonsense.’” [LifeSite News, 2/5/2015 ]

Jindal Said That He Was “Not One Of Those Politicians” Who Evolved On Marriage Equality. According to CNN: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal won't join the ranks of politicians who have ‘so called evolved’ on same-sex marriage, he said Tuesday. Jindal, a Republican who is considering a presidential run, suggested that politicians like President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton changed their views on gay marriage because of polling indicating more Americans in support of gay marriage. ‘I'm not one of those politicians,’ Jindal said on CNN's ‘New Day.’ ‘My faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman. I don't believe in discrimination against anybody. I'm not for changing the definition of marriage.’” [CNN, New Day, 2/10/2015 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said Even If Voters Disagree With A Candidate On Marriage They Will Respect Him For Not Evolving “Because It’s Politically Correct.” In an interview with CNN’s New Day, Jindal said, “I think ultimately, in Louisiana, we had an amendment to the state Constitution. It was done under a Democratic governor, Democratic House, Democratic Senate, overwhelming majorities. Overwhelming majority of our people voted to say we want marriage to be between a man and a woman.….I think that there are a lot of folks who like to look at polls. I think voters, even if they disagree with a candidate on their views on marriage, will respect leaders that say, ‘Look, I'm going to take my positions.’ They're not going to change with the polls. They're not go to evolve because it's politically correct.” [CNN, New Day, 2/10/2015]

Jindal Said Unlike Other Politicians Who Changed Views On Marriage With Polls, “For Many Of Us, It’s A Very Important Part Of Our Faith” To Oppose Marriage Equality. In an interview with CNN, Jindal said, “Alisyn, look, I'll speak for myself; and I know there are a lot of us that believe in the traditional view of marriage. It's important in our faith. I'm a Christian. It's something that's taught. It's been held in our -- the Christian faith for 2,000 years now. Marriage, the concept of marriage, is even older than that. It's not meant to condone any kind of discrimination….. It was only recently as the polls changed, some politicians changed their views. And so for many of us it's a very important part of our faith. We don't think we should change the definition of marriage. That doesn't mean we want to discriminate against others, but it does mean that we say marriage has been between a man and a woman. In our faith, it is something that is defined that way; it has been defined that way. We don't think we should change it.” [CNN, New Day, 2/10/2015]

Jindal Refused To Answer Whether Local County Officials Should Defy Federal Court Orders In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage, Saying He Hoped The Supreme Court Wouldn’t Overturn State Law And That If They Do, Congress Should Amend The Constitution. In an interview with CNN, Jindal was asked if he was comfortable with local officials defying federal court orders that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. Jindal said, “Well, and that's why I think, ultimately, the Supreme Court has got to decide this. The Supreme Court has created some uncertainty here with their earlier rulings…..My hope is the courts don't come in and say to the people of Louisiana, ‘We're going to throw out your courts. We're going to throw out your legislative decision.’ In our state the federal judge has actually upheld our definition.” Asked again, Jindal said, “Well, look, we're a nation of laws. That's why I've said I want the Supreme Court not to overturn our law, and that's why, ultimately, if the Supreme Court were to do this, I think the remedy would be a constitutional amendment in the Congress, to tell the courts you can't overturn what the states have decided…..So my hope is the courts, the Supreme Court won't overturn the state laws. If they do, I think the remedy is for Congress to amend the Constitution and say, ‘Look, let's respect what the states have decided.’” [CNN, New Day, 2/10/2015]

Jindal Would Attend A Same-Sex Wedding “If It’s Someone I Loved And Cared For.” Politico reported that, while in Waukee, IA, “[a]sked after his speech whether he would attend a gay wedding, Jindal told reporters that he would ‘if it’s someone I loved and cared for.’ So far, he has not been to one.” [Politico, 4/26/2015 ]

 

Significant Findings on Discrimination Protections for LGBT Americans

Said he did not support protecting LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation

Speculated that anti-discrimination rules would lead to lawsuits and would discriminate against groups that believed being LGBT was wrong

Refused to commit to removing an unconstitutional law that banned LGBT people from having sex

Refused to renew executive order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation

Opposed Louisiana bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Supported Indiana’s religious refusal legislation that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination

Said he would not back down from Indiana-style legislation in Louisiana

 

Jindal Said He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage And Legislation To Outlaw Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation. According to the Times-Picayune,:“[Jindal Spokesman Trey] Williams said Jindal, though he disagrees with many proposals from gay rights groups, such as state-sanctioned gay marriage or legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, has no prejudice against gay men and lesbians. ‘What Bobby has said is that he doesn't believe in discriminating against anyone,’ Williams said. ‘He doesn't think there's a need for any specific legislation because he doesn't think it's necessary. There are civil rights law on the books that prevent people from being discriminated against.’” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 10/28/2003]

Jindal Said He Would Support Making Louisiana Third State In America To Outlaw Same-Sex Adoptions And Did Not Support Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination. According to the Associated Press: “Jindal said through a spokesman that he would support making Louisiana only the third state in America to outlaw gay adoptions, and that he doesn't think an executive order is needed to fight discrimination in state government. ‘Bobby feels that we already have good anti-discrimination legislation on the books that covers all Louisianians,’ spokesman Trey Williams said. Gay groups have been sharply critical of Jindal for refusing to meet with them before the runoff.” [Associated Press, 11/11/2003]

Jindal Worried Blanco's Anti-Discrimination Order Would Lead To Religious Groups Contracting With State To Be Sued When They Refused To Follow It. According to the Associated Press: “The [non-discrimination] order [issued by Gov. Kathleen Blanco] has stirred up complaints from conservatives since it was issued last month. Others, including gay rights groups, have applauded it. U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal asked for clarification about the order….Jindal also said he wanted clarification from Foti to make sure religious groups that contract with the state wouldn't be sued if they refused to follow the order. The governor's office said state agencies were told the anti-discrimination language shouldn't be used in contracts involving faith-based groups.” [Associated Press, 1/12/2005]

Jindal Was Concerned That Discrimination Ban Discriminated Against Faith-Based Groups With Beliefs That Being LGBT Is Wrong. According to the Times-Picayune: In the waning days of last year, Blanco was reminded that there are conservatives who think she’s not enough so when newly elected Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal took issue with her executive order barring discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation. Already, her executive order had been slammed by Louisiana Family Forum for being overly broad and hailed by a gay-rights group as the fulfillment of Blanco’s campaign promise, though she denied both points. The minor controversy would have died there had not Jindal stoked the embers, asking if her discrimination ban did not discriminate against faith-based groups with state social-services contracts and with beliefs that homosexuality is wrong. The administration responded that the order did not apply to those groups but further questioned why Jindal didn’t pick up the phone and ask instead of going public with his doubts. Didn’t that violate the spirit of nonpartisan cooperation struck by the Democratic governor and the Republican-dominated congressional delegation at a Mansion luncheon days before?”[New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1/5/2005]

Jindal Did Not Renew Executive Order Prohibiting Harassment And Discrimination At State Offices By Sexual Orientation, Saying He Did Not Want To Create “Additional Special Categories.” According to the New York Times: “Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would not renew an order prohibiting harassment and discrimination at state offices, including discrimination by race, sexual orientation and political affiliation. The order, issued by Mr. Jindal's predecessor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a Democrat, will expire Friday. Mr. Jindal, a Republican, said that state and federal laws prohibited discrimination and that he did not want to create additional special categories by executive order. He also said the order could cause problems with the ability of religion-based organizations to contract with the state.” [New York Times, 8/21/2008 ]

Jindal Let Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT People In The Workplace Expire, Saying He Didn’t Think It “Necessary To Create Additional Special Categories Or Special Rights.” According to The Baton Rouge Advocate: “Calling the executive order unnecessary, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he would not reissue a ban on discriminating against gays and lesbians in the workplace. ‘We are not going to renew it and that shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody,’ Jindal said about the executive order signed by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco in December 2004. The order, which some church groups and Jindal have criticized over the years, is set to expire Friday. ‘The reason for allowing the order to lapse is that I don't think it is necessary to create additional special categories or special rights,’ Jindal said. State and federal law already prohibits discrimination, he said…..Jindal's decision means ‘it is perfectly legal to fire anyone based on their sexual orientation even if they are a perfect employee,’ said Randy Evans, a New Orleans lawyer who is co-political director of Forum for Equality, a New Orleans-based political action committee for the lesbian and gay community in Louisiana. The executive order provided predictability and safety for gay and lesbian employees, he said.” [The Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/21/2008]

Jindal Said He Let Anti-Discrimination Executive Order Expire Due To Concerns That It Interfered With Faith-Based Groups That Partner With State. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate: Jindal said he feared Blanco's [non-discrimination] executive order interfered with ‘faith-based groups that partner with the state. For instance, the state Department of Health and Hospitals contracts with religious groups that provide biblically based treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. Under the federal civil rights act, which forbids discrimination in many public and private agencies, religious groups are allowed to pick and choose their associations. Because of that ability, many faith-based groups feared the Blanco order could preclude them from being paid for the services provided to the state. ‘I do worry about them and they have expressed concerns,’ Jindal said.”[The Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/21/2008]

Jindal Refused To Answer Whether Sexuality Was A Choice And If That Played Role In Decision Not To Renew Non-Discrimination Executive Order. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate: Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday let lapse an executive order forbidding state government and many businesses contracting with the state from discriminating against gay and lesbian employees. Jindal and some in the religious community argue that the executive order originally signed by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco in December 2004 was unnecessary. Underlying the debate is whether, as the Vatican and other church groups argue, homosexuals simply prefer others of the same sex or are genetically hardwired to that orientation. Jindal said that question was not germane to his decision and refused to say what he believed. ‘I don't think that's what the argument boils down to,’ Jindal said. ‘Existing laws are strong and they protect people so that there is not a need to create a special class for protections.’”[The Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/24/2008]

Jindal Said That He Had No Problem With Openly LGBT Staffers, And “That’s Obviously Not Something We Ask Folks.” In an interview on MSNBC, Chuck Todd asked Bobby Jindal, “There’s been this controversy inside the Romney campaign about Ric Grenell feeling as if he had to resign because he didn’t feel comfortable being openly gay and the controversy that was causing with some social conservatives. Do you have any problems having openly gay staffers?” Jindal responded, “No. I meant that’s obviously not something we ask folks. Look, we want the most qualified people to work with us on our team and to move our state forward.” [Think Progress, 5/3/2012 , MSNBC, 5/3/2012; VIDEO]

Jindal Opposed Louisiana Bill Banning Discrimination In State Employment Based On Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification, And Gender Expression. According to the Times-Picayune: “A bill that would have banned discrimination in state employment based on ‘sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression’ was rejected, 4-1, Thursday by a Senate committee The only support the proposal received was from Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans, the sponsor of Senate Bill 100….. The Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group that lobbies family issues, and Gov. Bobby Jindal's office, opposed the bill.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/11/2012]

Jindal Refused To Say Whether He Supported Removing Anti-Sodomy Law From Louisiana’ s Criminal Statutes , Despite It Being Unconstitutional. According to the Biloxi Sun Herald: “East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says he will push for lawmakers to remove an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law from Louisiana's criminal statutes. Gautreaux apologized Monday for sting operations at a park in which his deputies used the unenforceable law to arrest men agreeing to have consensual sex with undercover agents. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office wouldn't say Tuesday if Jindal would support taking the unconstitutional statute off the books.” [Biloxi Sun Herald, 7/31/2013]

Jindal Said There Was A “ Silent War ” Against Religious Liberty In Speech At Liberty University. According to the New Orleans Picayune: “Gov. Bobby Jindal covered everything from his Catholic conversion as a teenager to high-profile battles over birth control and same-sex marriage in a commencement speech he gave Saturday (May 10) at Liberty University, the conservative Christian college founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. ‘Today the American people, whether they know it or not, are mired in a silent war. ... It is a war -- a silent war -- against religious liberty,’ said Jindal, who spent much of the speech attacking President Barack Obama and the federal government.” [New Orleans Picayune, 5/10/2014 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said There Was An “Assault” On Religious Liberty: “The Founders Intended For Us To Be Able To Live Our Lives According To Our Sincerely Held Beliefs. Not Just In Church, 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week.” According to LifeSite News: “Asked about religious liberty, Jindal said there is an ‘assault’ on this freedom. ‘I am a believer in traditional marriage, I am a believer in protecting innocent human life, unborn life. I am also a strong believer in religious liberty.’ According to Jindal, the ‘assault’ is taking place against ‘First Amendment rights in society today.’ ‘The Founders intended for us to be able to live our lives according to our sincerely held beliefs. Not just in church, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,’ he told Westen.” [LifeSite News, 2/5/2015 ]

Jindal Said “Corporate America Is Not Going To Bully The Governor Of Louisiana” Into Modifying Religious Liberty RFRA To Prevent Discrimination. At Faith and Freedom Coalition in Waukee, IA, Politico reported that “The Louisiana governor’s speech was interrupted twice by standing ovations as he pledged his support for a religious freedom law in his home state that’s as strong as the one enacted in Indiana. The Republican governor there, Mike Pence, prodded his legislature to enact a ‘fix’ after threats of boycotts on the state and massive backlash from the business community. Jindal said he won’t back down. ‘Corporate America is not going to bully the governor of Louisiana,’ he said. ‘Here’s my message to Hollywood: the United States of America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America.’ Both lines got him standing ovations.” [Politico, 4/26/2015 ]

Jindal Said He Supported Indiana Religious Freedom And Restoration Act Because “Religious Liberty Is Indeed Under Attack.” According to Breitbart, “‘I support the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act because I support religious liberty as granted to us in our Constitution,’ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, said in an email to Breitbart News. ‘Last year I went to the Reagan Library to argue for the importance of religious liberty and make the case that it is under attack in America today. The fact that there are some who think this law in Indiana, which merely makes it clear that local governments must respect our religious liberty, is controversial clearly shows that religious liberty is indeed under attack.’ Jindal said he rejects the notion that the law is discriminatory, something critics on the left have argued. ‘I oppose discrimination and I reject the notion that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is discriminatory,’ Jindal told Breitbart News.” [Breitbart News, 3/30/2015]

Jindal Disagreed That Indiana RFRA Was Discriminatory And Asked If Hillary Clinton Had ‘Evolved’ On Her Support Of RFRA’s After President Bill Clinton Signed One At The Federal Level. Breitbart reported that Jindal supported Indiana’s right to discriminate RFRA law. “‘I oppose discrimination and I reject the notion that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is discriminatory,’ Jindal told Breitbart News. ‘I will note that President Clinton signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act at the federal level and Secretary Hillary Clinton has now said she opposes this law. It would be interesting to learn if Secretary Hillary Clinton silently opposed this protection of religious liberty when President Clinton signed it, or if she has just recently ‘evolved’ on that. The great irony is that in the minds of today’s liberals the only bigotry to be tolerated is their own bigotry against religious beliefs.’” [Breitbart News, 3/30/2015]

Significant Findings on President Obama’s Executive Orders

Let state executive orders that protected LGBT workers from discrimination expire because they were “special rights”

 

Jindal Let Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT People In The Workplace Expire, Saying He Didn’t Think It “Necessary To Create Additional Special Categories Or Special Rights.” According to The Baton Rouge Advocate: “Calling the executive order unnecessary, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he would not reissue a ban on discriminating against gays and lesbians in the workplace. ‘We are not going to renew it and that shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody,’ Jindal said about the executive order signed by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco in December 2004. The order, which some church groups and Jindal have criticized over the years, is set to expire Friday. ‘The reason for allowing the order to lapse is that I don't think it is necessary to create additional special categories or special rights,’ Jindal said. State and federal law already prohibits discrimination, he said…..Jindal's decision means ‘it is perfectly legal to fire anyone based on their sexual orientation even if they are a perfect employee,’ said Randy Evans, a New Orleans lawyer who is co-political director of Forum for Equality, a New Orleans-based political action committee for the lesbian and gay community in Louisiana. The executive order provided predictability and safety for gay and lesbian employees, he said.” [The Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/21/2008]

President Obama's Executive Order Banning Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity Is Only Federal Policy Protecting Against Anti-LGBT Worker Discrimination And Could Be Overturned By His Successor. According to Salon, "President Obama last year exercised his authority as the federal government’s chief executive by issuing an order barring federal agencies and contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.[...] Because Congress has yet to pass legislation making it illegal to discriminate against LGBT workers, [President Obama's executive order] is technically only the policy of the current administration not to allow anti-LGBT discrimination. Now, Obama’s order will still be in effect after he leaves office at noon on January 20, 2017 — but just as Obama wielded his power to ban employment discrimination, his successor could use his or hers to overturn his order."[Salon, 2/12/2015 ]

 

Significant Findings on Dangerous “Conversion Therapy”

Would not answer whether being LGBT is a choice, rhetoric similar to that used by conversion therapy advocates, but opposed by most in the medical community

Appointed leading supporter of conversion therapy to statewide office

Campaigned with groups that encourage LGBT people to remain celibate

 

Jindal Refused To Answer Whether Sexuality Was A Choice And If That Played Role In Decision Not To Renew Non-Discrimination Executive Order. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate: “Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday let lapse an executive order forbidding state government and many businesses contracting with the state from discriminating against gay and lesbian employees. Jindal and some in the religious community argue that the executive order originally signed by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco in December 2004 was unnecessary. Underlying the debate is whether, as the Vatican and other church groups argue, homosexuals simply prefer others of the same sex or are genetically hardwired to that orientation. Jindal said that question was not germane to his decision and refused to say what he believed. ‘I don't think that's what the argument boils down to,’ Jindal said. ‘Existing laws are strong and they protect people so that there is not a need to create a special class for protections.’” [The Baton Rouge Advocate, 8/24/2008]

Every Major Medical And Mental Health Organization In The United States Has Issued A Statement Condemning The Use Of Conversion Therapy And The Concept That Being Gay Is A Choice Has No Basis In Current Scientific Thinking. The Human Rights Campaign reported: “Many right-wing religious groups promote the concept that an individual can change his or her sexual orientation, either through prayer or other religious efforts, or through so-called "reparative" or "conversion" therapy. The limited research on such efforts has disproven their efficacy, and also has indicated that they can be affirmatively harmful….. Based on this body of evidence, every major medical and mental health organization in the United States has issued a statement condemning the use of reparative therapy…..‘Herman Cain’s opinion that being gay is a choice has no basis in current scientific thinking,’ said Dr. Jack Drescher, MD, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. ‘Not only is homosexuality ‘not a choice,’ as most efforts to try and change a person's sexual orientation fail, but some attempts to change can cause harm and damage to an individual’s well-being.’” [Human Rights Campaign, The Lies And Dangers Of Efforts To Change Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity, Accessed 3/27/2015 ]

Jindal Appointed FRC’s Tony Perkins To Headline Commission On Marriage And Family. According to the Times-Picayune: “Louisiana government has since 2001 had a Commission on Marriage and Family, a sort of mom-and-apple-pie political concept that comes as no surprise in a socially conservative state…..The 29-member group also is getting attention from Gov. Bobby Jindal and from gay rights advocates who criticize the Republican governor's slate of commission appointees. Jindal has not detailed precisely what he hopes to get out of the commission. His appointments, announced in October, include several prominent social conservatives, headlined by Tony Perkins, the former Louisiana lawmaker who now runs the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Also on the list are a handful of clergy from conservative Christian denominations and the law professor who wrote Louisiana's ‘covenant marriage’ law, which makes it harder for participating couples to divorce. That roster has raised red flags among some gay rights advocates.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/30/2008]

Perkins Claimed Same-Sex Attractions Can Be Changed And Gay People Can Be “Transformed” Through Jesus Christ.  In an October 11, 2010 op-ed in the  Washington Post , FRC President Tony Perkins implied that same-sex attractions could be changed through “the power of Jesus Christ”: “Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are "born gay" and can never change. This--and not society's disapproval--may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide. The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope--hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.”[ Washington Post 10/11/10 ]

FRC Urged Opposition To Conversion Therapy Bans, Arguing Sexual Orientation Can Change “And Such Changes Are Especially Common Among Young People.” On FRC’s website, while arguing against bans on reparative therapy, the group said “Q: Are people born gay? A: No research has ever proven that a homosexual orientation is determined at birth…. Q: Can someone's sexual orientation change over time? A: Yes -- and such changes are especially common among young people….Q: Can ‘sexual reorientation therapy or other ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ (SOCE) be effective in helping people to change their sexual orientation? A: Research, clinical experience, and personal testimonies all give evidence that SOCE can help people to change.” In conclusion, FRC stated, “Laws banning sexual orientation change efforts for minors take freedom away from therapists, from parents, and from young people desiring help. The evidence does not support such bans, and they therefore represent an assault upon both truth and freedom.”[FRC Website, Accessed 9/4/14 ]

FRC Testified In Opposition To D.C. Proposed Conversion Therapy Ban To D.C. Council Claiming “Abundant Anecdotal Evidence” That “Ex-Gay” Therapies Work. In testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health in opposition to Bill 20-501 (the “Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment of 2013”), FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg said, “At the heart of the attacks on sexual reorientation therapy are two claims—that such therapies are ineffective, and that they are harmful. However, there is abundant anecdotal evidence that such therapies work—that is, people who say that they were helped by such therapies to change from predominantly homosexual to predominantly heterosexual. There is also scientific evidence. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality has cited ‘600 reports of clinicians, researchers, and former clients—primarily from professional and peer-reviewed scientific journals which show that ‘reorientation treatment has been helpful to many.’” [FRC, Testimony In Opposition to Bill 20-501, Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Health, 6/27/14 ]

Jindal Hosted The Response, A Prayer Rally Organized By The American Family Association, Which Has Linked Same-Sex Marriage To Hurricane Katrina. According to the Associated Press: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday defended his role as headline speaker at a prayer rally on Louisiana State University's campus next month that has drawn the ire of protesters who say the group hosting the event promotes discrimination and an anti-gay agenda. The Jan. 24 prayer rally is expected to draw thousands of people to LSU's campus for what Jindal, a Roman Catholic, describes in an invitation as ‘a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance.’ But the event, called The Response, has drawn heavy criticism because of the views of its sponsor organization, the Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association. The organization has linked same-sex marriage and abortion to disasters such as tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina.” [Associated Press, 12/17/2014 ]

AFA: “If We Want To See Fewer Students Commit Suicide, We Want Fewer Homosexual Students” And Encouraged Adults To Help LGBT Students “Resist Dangerous Sexual Impulses.” According to Right Wing Watch, AFA wrote on their blog: Homosexual conduct is as risky and dangerous as injection drug abuse. No right-thinking adult would encourage a student tempted to shoot up to yield to such impulses and plunge headlong into a drug-addled lifestyle. In fact, we would be highly critical of any adult who would do that, and hold him partially accountable for the destruction that would follow. Nor should we encourage students wrestling with same-sex attractions to take the plunge. Rather, they should be helped to resist these self-destructive impulses and redirect their sexual energies in healthy and life-giving directions. It can be done; in fact, it happens every day. If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students. What all truly caring adults will want to do for a student struggling with his sexual identity is to help him resist dangerous sexual impulses, accept his biological identity as either male or female, and help him learn to adjust his psychological identity to his God-given biological one. Along that path lies psychological, spiritual, mental and emotional wholeness. Along the path of sexual depravity lies loneliness, self-torment, disease, and even death. It is a cruel thing to help a sexually confused student walk down a path that leads to darkness rather than urge him to choose a path that leads to light. The choice between life and death lies before America’s students. Let’s not punish the folks that will help them choose life.” [Right Wing Watch, 10/13/10 ]

AFA’s Tony Fischer: “If You Believe That What Drug Abusers Need Is To Go Through An Effective Detox Program, Then We Should Likewise Put Active Homosexuals Through An Effective Reparative Therapy Program.” In response to a letter from a listener complaining about Fischer’s comments on sanctions for homosexual behavior, Fischer clarified, “It might be worth noting that what I actually suggested is that we impose the same sanctions on those who engage in homosexual behavior as we do on those who engage in intravenous drug abuse, since both pose the same kind of risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. I’d be curious to know what you think should be done with IV drug abusers, because whatever it is, I think the same response should be made to those who engage in homosexual behavior. If you believe that what drug abusers need is to go into an effective detox program, then we should likewise put active homosexuals through an effective reparative therapy program.”[Science Blogs, 2/2/10 ]

AFA’s Donald Wildmon Sponsored The Ex-Gay Truth In Love Campaign; The Campaign Star Michael Johnston, Who Had “Prayed Away The Gay,” Was Later Exposed For Having Sexual Relations With Men He Met On The Internet. Truth Wins Out wrote: Donald W. Wildmon, chairman of the rabidly anti-gay American Family Association, stepped down today , citing an illness resulting from a mosquito bite… Under his 30-years at the helm, the Tupelo, Mississippi-based AFA became obsessed with gay people and was a sponsor of 1998′s notorious ex-gay Truth In Love Campaign. The organization made a video with Truth in Love star Michael Johnston, who discussed on the video how he had prayed away the gay after he became HIV+. In 2003, Johnston was exposed for meeting multiple men on the Internet and having sexual relations with them. The AFA acknowledged the scandal saying that Johnston had a ‘moral fall.’ Amazingly, the AFA continued to sell ‘It’s Not Gay’ and never bothered to tell viewers that the poster boy featured in the video was living in a sex addiction facility in Kentucky. (Indeed, the organization continues to sell the video and peddle the fiction that gays can go straight.)” [Truth Wins Out, 3/4/10 ]

Jindal Refused To Say Whether Or Not He Agreed With AFA’s Statements, Including Comments on Hurricane Katrina. According to the New Orleans Picayune: Jindal has refused to comment on whether he agrees with some of the AFA's more controversial statements, including those related to Hurricane Katrina. At a press conference Wednesday, he would not answer questions directly about his relationship to the organization. Instead, the governor has focused on The Response as an opportunity to ‘come together and pray.’ He also said he is ‘happy to participate in the event.’”[New Orleans Picayune, 12/18/2014 ]

Jindal Spoke At Catholic Legatus Conference After Controversy Over Inclusion Of Courage Ministry, Which Encourages Those With Same-Sex Attractions To Live Celibate Life. According to the Washington Times: “Other Legatus speakers will include New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan; Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Al Kresta of Ave Maria Radio; Acton Institute founder Father Robert Sirico and Paul Darrow of the Courage ministry for people with same-sex attractions. The Legatus conference garnered headlines recently when Mr. Sinise and Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Bret Baier withdrew from it, saying they didn't realize there were controversies with the conference. MillerCoors Chairman Peter Coors also withdrew from the conference, according to Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization. Legatus leaders told members the objections involved Mr. Darrow and Courage, the Catholic ministry that encourages faithful Catholics with same-sex attractions to live a celibate life.” [Washington Times, 1/19/2015]

 

Significant Findings on Rhetoric and Intolerance

Defended Duck Dynasty star’s homophobic comments, and bragged he was the first to defend the anti-LGBT rhetoric

Suggested “political correctness” was turning America into Nazi Germany

Said supporters of marriage equality were intolerant; denied that his views made him a homophobe

Suggested that federal same-sex marriage would lead to “open season” on Christians

 

Jindal Defended Phil Robertson’s Homophobic Commentary, Saying “The Politically Correct Crowd Is Tolerant Of All Viewpoints, Except Those They Disagree With.” According to US News And World Report, after Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was suspended for homophobic and racist comments, Jindal said, “‘The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive,’ Jindal said in a statement. ‘But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.’” [US News and World Report, 12/19/2013 ]

Jindal Bragged That He Was One Of The First People To Rise To Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s Defense. The New Orleans Picayune reported that at Liberty University: “Jindal also highlighted his support for ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson, who was temporarily removed from his television show over offensive remarks he made about gay people and African Americans in an interview with GQ magazine. The governor stressed that he was one of the first people to rise to Robertson's defense when he was initially dismissed from the television show, a portion of his speech that drew applause from the audience. ‘You may think that I was defending the Robertsons simply because I am the Governor of their home state, the great state of Louisiana. You would be wrong about that. I defended them because they have every right to speak their minds,’ Jindal said.” [New Orleans Picayune, 5/10/2014 ; VIDEO]

Jindal Said Reinstatement Of Duck Dynasty Was “Good Day For The Freedoms Of Speech And Religious Liberty.” According to CNN: “And OUTFRONT tonight, breaking news. A&E caves. The network just announced it is lifting its suspension of the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson. The company suspended the reality star just nine days ago after controversial anti-gay comments he made were made public. Robertson stood by his comments and his fans stood by him….. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal just released a statement says, ‘I am glad to hear the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness. Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.’” [CNN, Erin Burnett Outfront, 12/27/2013]

Jindal Refused To Meet With Members Of The Louisiana League For Equality During First Run For Governor. According to Gambit Weekly: “During the campaign, Jindal declined to meet with members of the Louisiana League for Equality, an umbrella group of GLBT political organizations from around the state that coordinates efforts to pass legislation and also reviews candidates for office. The league structure makes the process easier for candidates, says Christopher Daigle, a political adviser to the Lesbian and Gay Political action Committee (LAGPAC)…..The League kept a painstaking account of efforts to contact Jindal. Two invitations to meet with the League, faxed to Jindal's campaign headquarters on Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, went unanswered, as did more than eight phone calls to campaign manager Phillip Stutts and scheduling manager Jamie Tanner. On Sept. 25, League chairman Joe Traigle confronted Jindal face-to-face at a debate at Tulane University and asked if the candidate would meet with the League. ‘I would be glad to meet with you after the election,’ Jindal replied, according to Traigle.” [Gambit Weekly, 8/18/2003]

Jindal Appointed FRC’s Tony Perkins To Headline Commission On Marriage And Family. According to the Times-Picayune: “Louisiana government has since 2001 had a Commission on Marriage and Family, a sort of mom-and-apple-pie political concept that comes as no surprise in a socially conservative state…..The 29-member group also is getting attention from Gov. Bobby Jindal and from gay rights advocates who criticize the Republican governor's slate of commission appointees. Jindal has not detailed precisely what he hopes to get out of the commission. His appointments, announced in October, include several prominent social conservatives, headlined by Tony Perkins, the former Louisiana lawmaker who now runs the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Also on the list are a handful of clergy from conservative Christian denominations and the law professor who wrote Louisiana's ‘covenant marriage’ law, which makes it harder for participating couples to divorce. That roster has raised red flags among some gay rights advocates.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/30/2008]

Jindal Said Hobby Lobby Decision Proves “Deeply Held Religious Beliefs Are More Important Than The Whims And Demands Of Government.” According to the Times-Picayune, after the Supreme Court decided the Hobby Lobby contraception case, Jindal said, “‘What this decision affirms is that the American belief in freedom of religion still protects the rights of all Americans to live in accordance with their religion, and that these deeply held religious beliefs are more important that the whims and demands of government,’ Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/1/2014]

 

Significant Findings on LGBT Adoption

Supported bill outlawing adoptions by same-sex couples

Supported bill that prevented LGBT couples from signing the birth certificate of an adopted child

Vetoed bill that would have made it easier for LGBT couples to have a child from surrogate parents

 

Jindal Said He Would Support Making Louisiana Third State In America To Outlaw Same-Sex Adoptions And Did Not Support Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination. According to the Associated Press: “Jindal said through a spokesman that he would support making Louisiana only the third state in America to outlaw gay adoptions, and that he doesn't think an executive order is needed to fight discrimination in state government. ‘Bobby feels that we already have good anti-discrimination legislation on the books that covers all Louisianians,’ spokesman Trey Williams said. Gay groups have been sharply critical of Jindal for refusing to meet with them before the runoff.” [Associated Press, 11/11/2003]

Jindal Supported Bill Affirming State Will Not Issue Birth Certificates Listing The Names Of Two Unmarried Parents Who Adopt A Louisiana-born Child In Another State. According to the Times Picayune: “Handing a victory to social conservatives, the Louisiana House voted by a wide margin Tuesday to affirm that the state will not issue birth certificates listing the names of two unmarried parents who adopt a Louisiana-born child in another state. The 77-18 vote on House Bill 60 comes amid the state's appeal of a December ruling from U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey, who sided with two California men seeking a revised birth certificate listing both of them as the fathers of the Shreveport-born toddler they adopted in New York in 2006. That case now awaits action by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals….the vote nonetheless represents a political blow to gay rights advocates and families headed by same-sex couples….. Critics of the bill have said parents who are not listed on the birth certificate could struggle registering their adoptive child for school or providing the child with health and life insurance benefits. Those kind of issues would be magnified, they said, if one parent died, leaving the child in the custody of the parent who is not listed on the legal document…..The bill now moves to the Senate. It has Gov. Bobby Jindal's support.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 5/13/2009]

Jindal Supported Law Barring State From Issuing Birth Certificates To Couples Who Were Not Allowed To Adopt Under Louisiana Law. According to Gambit Weekly: “The two men adopted the child in a New York family court, which allows same-sex couples to adopt. But when they applied to the Louisiana State Registrar for an amended birth certificate listing both men as parents, the state Office of Public Health and Vital Records Registry denied the request, citing a Louisiana law. that prohibited in-state adoption by same-sex couples….Two federal courts have ruled that the language in the U.S. Constitution requires the state to amend the birth certificate of the child known as ‘Infant J’ - as it routinely amends other birth certificates, upon request, in cases of adoption…..The Louisiana Constitution already prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, establishing civil unions or entering into joint adoption, but apparently that is not enough for some people. In direct response to Infant J's case, State Rep. Jonathan Perry, R-Abbeville, introduced a bill last year to bar the state from issuing birth certificates to couples who were not allowed to adopt under Louisiana law. The measure (backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Family Forum) passed the House and was carried to the Senate. There, Sens. J. P. Morrell, Dan Claitor and Butch Gautreaux (two Democrats and one Republican) effectively filibustered it. But there's no guarantee a similar bill won't come back this year or in future sessions.” [Gambit Weekly, 3/9/2010]

Jindal Opposed Measure That Would Have Allowed Two Single People Adopt a Child, Thus Allowing Same-Sex Couples Ability To Adopt Together. According to the Associated Press, “A proposal to let gay parents adopt children together in Louisiana was rejected Tuesday by a Senate judiciary committee, a move expected to kill the bill for the legislative session….If a single person adopts a child and is in a relationship whether straight or gay the partner in that relationship has no legal parental rights, even if the partner is involved in raising the child. Gay couples aren't allowed to marry in Louisiana and can't legally adopt children together. The bill would have allowed two single people to jointly adopt a child…..Opponents included the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the conservative Christian group Louisiana Family Forum and Gov. Bobby Jindal.” [Associated Press, 4/27/2010]

 

Significant Findings on Anti-Bullying and Hate Crimes

Supported repealing hate crimes laws

Signed a law to crack down on cyberbullying

Opposed bill that would ban bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity

Singled out characteristics like sexual orientation as items that should be excluded from anti-bullying bill

 

Jindal Supported Repealing Hate Crimes Laws. According to the New York Times: “A born-again Roman Catholic, Mr. Jindal made a particular campaign target of these areas, visiting them frequently and bringing his brand of devout Christianity to their rural churches. His social-conservative message — teaching “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution in public schools, a total ban on abortion, repealing hate-crimes laws — would have been welcome in these areas.” [New York Times, 10/21/2007 ]

Jindal Signed House Bill 1259, An Anti-Cyberbullying Law. According to the Times-Picayune: “Bills making it a crime for one youth to send suggestive electronic pictures to another or to use chat rooms and other computer-assisted methods to threaten or bully a person younger than 17 have been signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal and will take effect Aug. 15. House Bill 1259 makes it a crime to send harassing or abusive messages meant to ‘torment or intimidate’ anyone under 17. House Bill 1259 by Rep. Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport, is designed to crack down on ‘cyberbullying[.]’ [….]Burrell said during the legislative session that the bill is meant to deal mainly with school-related problems that lead one student to post unfavorable comments or threats about another on a website. He said in extreme cases, some teens have dropped out of school or committed suicide because of cyberbullying.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/8/2010 ]

Jindal Opposed Bill Banning Bullying Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate: “A near-annual debate over whether to declare that bullying based on sexual orientation is prohibited at public schools will be taken up on the Louisiana House floor, after the House Education Committee backed the proposal Thursday. Harassment, intimidating and bullying of students are prohibited in current Louisiana law, with school boards required to include such bans in student codes of conduct and determine punishment. The proposal by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, chairman of the education committee, would describe what was prohibited, including any harassment by students based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, physical characteristics or clothing. One opponent argued it was a backdoor attempt to make homosexuality more acceptable in schools….. The bill faces opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal and from Christian conservative groups.” [The Baton Rouge Advocate, 5/13/2011]

Jindal Did Not Want Anti-Bullying Legislation To List Characteristics, Including Sexual Orientation, That Warrant Protection Against Mistreatment. According to the Times Picayune: “A Senate panel Thursday approved one anti-bullying measure for Louisiana public schools and struck down another, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal and social conservatives who don't want the law to list characteristics, including sexual orientation, that warrant protection against mistreatment. Sen. Rick Ward III, D-Maringouin, won a unanimous vote for a proposal that would require all public school governing boards to develop anti-bullying policies and redefine the state's existing description of bullying. The bill, a substitute for Ward's original Senate Bill 709, defines bullying as ‘any pattern’ of several behaviors. Among them: obscene gestures or making faces; written, electronic or verbal name-calling, threatening harm, taunting, malicious teasing or spreading untrue rumors; certain physical acts; ‘repeatedly and purposefully shunning or excluding from activities.’” [New Orleans Times Picayune, 5/4/2012]

Jindal Sent Letter To Senators Urging Their Support For Bill That Would Have Allowed Charter Schools To Discriminate Based On Sexual Orientation. According to WWLTV: “The state Senate has temporarily shelved a controversial bill by Sen. A.G. Crowe which critics said would allow state contractors and possibly even charter schools to discriminate based on sexual orientation….. The bill [SB 217] would bar state agencies from protecting classes of people who are not already protected under state law. Current state law bars discrimination against persons based on six factors race, religion, national ancestry, age, sex or disability. If Crowe's bill passes, no other classes of persons, including gays or lesbians, could be protected. According to Eyewitness News and Gambit political analyst Clancy DuBos, Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had been mostly mum on the issue up until Tuesday's vote, sent a note to senators asking them to support Crowe's bill. 'Please support SB 217,' the letter read. 'This bill provides relative to discrimination regarding certain public contracts including the limitation of categories for non-discrimination purposes.'” [WWLTV, 9/2/2014 ]