Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal scheduled several national radio appearances on Thursday to discuss “religious liberty” — a topic that has grabbed headlines and sparked controversyamid new measures in Indiana and Arkansas.
Calling the situation “gravely, gravely concerning” on the Iowa-based Simon Conway Show, the possible presidential candidate said he sees Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation as protecting Christians from discrimination. Critics of the legislation say would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
“Government is requiring Christians to participate in gay marriage ceremonies that often times contradict their religious beliefs,” Jindal argued. “Here in America, we shouldn’t force those with sincerely held religious beliefs to participate in ceremonies they don’t want to. That’s the real discrimination.”
He’ll return to Iowa next week for an event hosted by the socially-conservative, anti-same sex marriage The Family Leader.
The governor’s office announced this week that two of Jindal’s top aides in Louisiana have left their state jobs to help build a team in Iowa, should Jindal run for president. Jindal has said he won’t announce a run until after the state legislative session ends in June.