A Louisiana House committee is slated to take up a controversial bill Tuesday that seeks to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage.
House Bill 707 has earned the support of Gov. Bobby Jindal, but after facing a sharp backlash from critics, who argued it could encourage discrimination against gay people, it had been waiting for a House committee hearing.
The House Civil Law Committee has the proposed Marriage and Conscience Act on its agenda for Tuesday morning.
Family Research Council and the Louisiana Family Forum released findings on Monday from a survey of likely voters that the two conservative Christian groups claim shows wide support for Bossier City Republican Rep. Mike Johnson’s bill.
That survey, which the groups commissioned, found 70 percent of respondents support the legislation, when it was read to them. About 20 percent opposed.
The House committee also is slated to hear two measures that aim to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people, among other groups, from discrimination.