News Round-Up: July 19, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t know if being gay is a choice. Did anyone ask him if being straight is a “choice?”

• This Mississippi newspaper banned same-sex marriage announcements and silenced writers on the subject – including their private social media

• Gawker wrongly outs CFO of major media company when blackmailing escort complains the CFO won’t help him with political issue

• Ted Cruz is getting hurt the most by Trump candidacy

• Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting marriage equality

• Bonus round from Gov. Scott Walker: he also says the ban on gay adult leaders in the Boys Scouts “protected” them, insinuating adult gay men are predators on young children.

• 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier Joey Vicente stands up (and goes viral) for Caitlyn Jenner’s Arthur Ashe ESPY Award Courage Award

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Runs Out Of Excuses To Block Same-Sex Marriage

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has dragged his feet using every tiny possible excuse to avoid allowing the rulings of SCOTUS and the Fifth Circuit Court on marriage equality.

The latest excuse last night was that the state would not recognize same-sex marriages until the original ruling by the district court was rescinded.

The Fifth Circuit set a deadline of July 17th to act, BUT the district court moved on it.

From the ruling:

IT IS ORDERED that this Court’s Order and Reasons and the accompanying Judgment dated September 3, 2014, are hereby recalled and rescinded; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution, Article 89 of the Louisiana Civil Code, and laws enacted pursuant thereto, violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and may not be enforced against the Plaintiffs or any other same-sex couple; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Article XII, Section 15 of the Louisiana Constitution, Article 3520(B) of the Louisiana Civil Code, and laws enacted pursuant thereto, violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and may not be enforced against the Plaintiffs or any other same-sex couple.

New Orleans Advocate says that as of Noon today all Louisiana Parishes are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

And – DONE.

The Facts About Gov. Bobby Jindal

Now that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 GOP nomination for president, the Human Rights Campaign wants to remind of some facts regarding Mr. Jindal:

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.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th GOP Candidate For 2016 Nomination

Jumping ahead of a planned announcement, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tweeted his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Jindal becomes the first Indian-American to be a serious candidate for president, and the 13th Republican candidate seeking the 2016 nomination.

Several polls show Jindal garnering only 1% of support from Republican voters. In a recent Fox News poll, he trailed behind “None of the above” which received 2%.

Louisiana: State Senator Karen Carter Peterson Rips Gov. Jindal A New One

After Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “top legislative agenda” failed to make it out of committee (another “Religious Freedom” law), the governor decided to issue an executive order “that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

This did not go over well in Louisiana. The governor’s negative job rating has dropped all the way down to 64.7%.

But the best part of the story is this blistering speech from the floor of the state Senate by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.

Ms. Peterson does NOT hold back in her opinion. I like this woman. Watch below:

Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal Plans Executive Order On “Religious Freedom”

Earlier today, the Louisiana state House failed to advance Gov. Bobby Jindal’s HB 707 on a vote of 10-2. The bill is similar to other states’ “Religious Freedoms” legislation that has become synonymous with anti-gay animus.

In a statement this afternoon, Jindal says he will issue an executive order that will do what his failed bill might have done:

“We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar.

“We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Jindal plans to announce a 2016 run for the GOP presidential nomination on June 11th.

Louisiana Gov. Jindal Would Support Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said he would support a constitutional amendment promoted by Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) which would enable state legislatures to outlaw same-sex marriage should SCOTUS overturn various state bans.

“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 … a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage.”

“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Jindal said. “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.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear same-sex marriage cases from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. A ruling is expected by June.

Gov. Bobby Jindal – “GOP doesn’t need to embrace marriage equality”

Regarding supporting marriage equality, as some other high profile GOP pols have recently, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, one of the likely 2016 presidential candidates (who will run but not get the nomination) said today on Meet The Press: “Look, I believe in  the traditional definition of marriage.”

Think about it, kids.  In about two years, when the campaign starts to heat up, how much further along the equality road are we going to be?  And how bad and out of touch will these guys look?

SRSLY.

(via CrooksAndLiars)