BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed a same-sex marriage bill.
After introducing the bill to the State Senate, Jindal made a short statement from the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol building earlier this morning.
“Supriya and I have been blessed with three beautiful children. Everyone in Louisiana should have the right to a family like ours. Today, I am officially pledging my support for same-sex marriage in Louisiana. My goal is to extend the same opportunity that we have been given to the gay and lesbian couples of the Pelican State. Welcome to our family.”
Jindal did not take any questions, but Louisiana Democrats were scrambling to ratchet up support for the new bill. Although Jindal, a Republican, proposed the surprise bill, Democrats fear they will have trouble gathering “Yes” votes from Republican Senators.
The fight appears to be building quickly. Conservative religious leaders and representatives, many who are long-time Jindal supporters, have cancelled summer weekend plans and will convene over the next several days to strategize their counter-attack.
Republican State Representative Jonathan Perry issued this statement: “The fine people of Louisiana did not vote for same-sex marriage. They don’t want it. We want to reassure our constituents that their beliefs will be upheld. I don’t know how Governor Jindal thinks he will overturn the 2004 constitutional amendment. We banned marriage and any other forms of partnership recognition for same-sex couples. And it’s going to stay that way. This is a complete 180. What happened to his Marriage Commission?”
Meanwhile, the Gay Liberation Front of New Orleans is planning a Sunday celebration picnic in Washington Square, just outside of the French Quarter.