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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's op-ed piece in the New York Times to defend ‘religious freedom’ laws

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  Gov. Bobby Jindal is fond of penning op-ed articles in national publications, and he did so last week — this time on The New York Times opinion page with a piece titled "Bobby Jindal: I'm Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage."

  In his latest screed, Jindal used some of the most exclusive media real estate in the world to complain about the "media elite" and propounded his theory that "Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values." It seemed a slap in the face to the Hollywood South entertainment industry Jindal has assiduously courted until recently. Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project, a frequent Jindal critic, tweeted, "Then why spend $250M/year on film subsidies while higher ed suffers?"

  Jindal's main thrust was touting the proposed Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would prevent the state from taking "adverse action" against anyone because of his or her religious views about marriage. Critics of the proposed law say it's a thinly veiled ploy to give cover to discrimination against the LGBT community.

  Jindal acknowledged that the public's view of same-sex marriage has changed (indeed, a Washington Post/ABC News poll that morning showed 61 percent of Americans now are in favor of it), but he insisted he never would agree, "even if it becomes a minority opinion," citing, "the potential for discrimination against Christian individuals and businesses that comes with these shifts."

  Jindal also addressed companies like IBM, which have written letters urging him not to back the legislation, something he considers to be bullying. "I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state," Jindal wrote. "Save your breath."

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