Who Besides Bobby Jindal Will Lead on Marriage

My friends,

Below is an essay I posted minutes ago on ThePulse2016.com about Bobby Jindal’s courage in standing up to the corporations who’ve asked him to back away from new legislation to prevent the government from punishing people based on their marriage views.   Please go to ThePulse2016.com and share it?

I do not say we should all endorse Bobby Jindal for his leadership and his courage: I do say if we won’t, will you personally ask your candidate if he would support a federal bill The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act? And let his or her answer matter to you.

The link is here is you want to share it:  http://thepulse2016.com/maggie-gallagher/2015/04/23/bobby-jindal-no-government-coercion-based-on-marriage/#

Bobby Jindal: No Government Coercion Based on Marriage

After Indiana, the Will to Fight Emerges

Maggie GallagherBy  on April 23, 2015
Filed Under: Bobby JindalCandidateCommentary, Social Issues

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Gov. Jindal has taken to the most prominent enemy territory he can find, the op-ed pages of the old grey lady herself, to say: “no retreat baby, no surrender”*:

In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.

There are two primaries going on simultaneously: the money primary and the voter primary.  Jindal knows which side he is on:

I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.

The legislation would prohibit the state from denying a person, company or nonprofit group a license, accreditation, employment or contract — or taking other “adverse action” — based on the person or entity’s religious views on the institution of marriage.

Some corporations have already contacted me and asked me to oppose this law. I am certain that other companies, under pressure from radical liberals, will do the same. They are free to voice their opinions, but they will not deter me.

The Marriage and Conscience Act prevents the government from punishing anyone because they refuse to participate in a marriage against their conscience. It is viewpoint neutral; that fab gay caterer doesn’t have to help faithful Catholics get married either.

Kudos, kudos, kudos to Jindal. Who else will step up to the plate? It is only the question of whether the Judeo-Christian ethic in America will be tolerated or whether government will be used to punish and strip the livelihoods of people who cannot in conscience serve a particular marriage.

Nationally, the pledge would be to fight for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act.

Who, besides me, will follow where Jindal leads?  Please share this post with as many people as you can.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.

*Bruce Springsteen is for gay marriage yes he is I know.

Suicide By Consultant

The debate launched by our report “Building a Winning Coalition: Lesson from 2012” continues. Ramesh Ponnuru takes us to task for even imagining inflation is an issue, or that monetary reform could be a voting issue.

I am writing to you from the Tyson’s Corner Ritz Carlton.  Frank Cannon is on the panel making the case the social issues are an important part of a winning GOP coalition.
I spent the morning listening to folks say things like “we should be pro-life, but talk about it better, or preferably less.”

The belief that social issues are hurting us politically remains a fixed faith, hard to shake among the consulting and donor class, but is it grounded in hard political fact?  Or are we committing suicide by consultant?

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The New Normal Tanks

The New Normal, a show about two gay men having a family, was cancelled after just one season, along with a slew of new shows featuring gay characters, as HuffPo Gay Voices columnist Derek Harley notes.

Possibly the networks overestimated the appeal of gay themed shows (given that gays are not 25 percent of the population as most people think, but 2 around percent). Or possibly gays really are the new normal and so the frisson is lost.

Video: FRC Hero Thwarts Domestic Terrorist

The Family Research Council (FRC) has released video footage of the terrorist (whom I refuse to name) who entered FRC last year armed with 100 rounds of ammo.  Security guard Leo Johnson tackled him after having his arm shattered by a gunshot, saving countless lives.  The would-be killer told the FBI he targeted FRC based on the Southern Poverty Law Center “anti-gay hate” list.  An unrepentant SPLC still has that list up.

A Gay Son’s Love for His Father

Matt Salmon defends his father as loving and tolerant even though he doesn’t support same-sex marriage:  ““Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. As far as it goes with marriage for him, it’s a matter of what marriage means to him. To him, marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with the way he views a person’s relationship, and that’s the thing that I think is hard for people to understand. . . .“My father loves me very much and he supports me and he respects me. He’s very much there for me as one of my closest friends. I think that was obvious in everything that he had to say.”

Maggie Quoted by the Associated Press

In addition to her multiple media appearances over the past couple of weeks (a summary of which can be found here), Maggie was quoted once again in the Associated Press, this time in their Big Story section.  Maggie said:

It requires no courage, at this point in history, to side with gay marriage advocates.


To read the full story, click here.

Me, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

The New York Times opens a profile of Romney’s chief of staff Peter Flaherty with an anecdote from me. I have a book coming out June 7 Debating Same-Sex Marriage. I asked 5 or 6 folks, including Mitt Romney, to “blurb” the book. About a week after I made this request, I endorsed Rick Santorum, personally.

I said to myself, “Oh dear, I should let the Romney campaign know.” Peter Flaherty’s response? “Send me the book.”

I don’t think Romney will have time to read and blurb my book and I don’t blame him. But it certainly was a gracious moment:Read More…

Planned Parenthood Takes Hostages

What did Planned Parenthood do, after the nation’s leading breast cancer philanthropy decided to redirect its giving elsewhere.

Try to destroy the Komen Foundation. This is very strange behavior for a billion dollar organization that claims to care about women’s health.

Professors Robert P. George and O. Carter Snead explain these are not the only hostages Planned Parenthood takes:

Also in 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services threatened to withhold billions of dollars in Medicaid funds from those states such as Indiana that prohibit state funding of Planned Parenthood and other entities that provide elective abortions. Planned Parenthood strongly opposed Indiana’s attempt to cut off its funding and celebrated the federal government’s intervention. Indiana is currently litigating the matter in federal court.

Most recently, after intense lobbying, the Department of Health and Human Services did the bidding of Planned Parenthood by imposing a mandate on virtually all employers to provide insurance coverage (without cost-sharing) for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives. This threatens to force many religiously affiliated charitable institutions out of the business of providing education, health care and social services to the poor.