Dueling executive orders over marriage
NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued his own executive order Thursday in response to Governor Bobby Jindal's religious objection order this week.
The city said Landrieu's order called on city departments and agencies to comply with existing New Orleans code which prohibited discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
"In New Orleans, we believe religious liberty and freedoms should be protected and discrimination prohibited, and we have passed our own laws to reflect that principle," Landrieu said.
Jindal issued an executive order Tuesday calling on state boards and commissions to not take action against any individuals or companies which act in accordance with their religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. The order came after a House committee deferred a bill seeking the same thing by a 10-2 vote. The governor said his order was necessary to protect religious freedoms of people in the state in the face of a possible Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage.
Landrieu said some states were considering travel bans to Louisiana because of the governor's order. He also said Jindal's actions could hurt the ability of the state and city to draw in new jobs, conventions and events such as the Super Bowl. Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention Visitors Bureau, said the governor's order was also unable to be enforced.
The governor's order lasts until 60 days after the 2016 legislative session. Jindal is term-limited, and the governor who succeeds him could repeal it once elected.