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Louisiana Governor to Revoke Religious Liberty?
It sure seems like he intends to. John Bel Edwards, the Democratic governor of Louisiana, under cover of the battle in North Carolina and Georgia governor Nathan Deal’s veto of religious liberty legislation, appears set to either rescind an executive order passed by Bobby Jindal last year, or, more likely, let it expire on its own.
Much like North Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere, there was a lot of controversy surrounding Bobby Jindal’s, with folks saying it was a very discriminatory act. Via Kevin Boyd at The Hayride:
The issue is back in the news again because today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill. The main difference between Georgia’s bill and Louisiana’s proposed version, that was defeated last year in the Legislature, is that Georgia’s went much further and allowed faith-based organizations that receive state funds to deny services to those who violate their sincerely held religious belief and to fire employees not in line with those beliefs. Not exactly apples to apples, but okay.
Back when Jindal signed the executive order, the ACLU of Louisiana, Equality Louisiana, and the rest of the far-left crowd demanded its removal by the next governor.
And, it appears that John Bel Edwards is set to rescind the executive order… though he doesn’t -have- to, in the traditional sense. It’s set to expire 60 days after this legislative session, which is roughly when most new laws passed this session would also kick in.
In other words, if there is no new law, then the executive order expires with nothing to keep it going. And that is exactly what Edwards will ultimately allow to happen. He’s too scared of not getting re-elected in four years (which is a near monumental task for a Democratic governor in Louisiana anyway) to rescind it manually, but he’s also too scared of the far-Left crowd to renew it. All he has to do is let it expire, point to the legislature and say “Welp! They didn’t send me anything!”
It is the coward’s way out… which is precisely why Edwards will do it that way. Of course, the legislature could have put a bill forward, passed it, and forced Edwards to veto it… but, the Republicans here couldn’t even get their act together when they had the governor’s mansion along with both houses of the legislature, so why assume they’d get it right now?