ACLU files suit over Gov. Jindal's marriage executive order

ACLU files suit over Gov. Jindal's marriage executive order

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit over Governor Bobby Jindal's Marriage and Conscience Order.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, stating that Jindal's executive order, giving state employees the right to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, violates the separation of powers clause of the state constitution. The lawsuit asserts that "it creates a class of persons who are protected over others due to their belief that same-sex couples should be denied marriage equality."

"Governor Jindal has violated the Louisiana Constitution by setting up special protections for those who share his belief system," ACLU of Louisiana's Executive Director Marjorie Esman said. "In our country no one is above the law, including the Governor. He swore to uphold the laws of Louisiana. This lawsuit seeks to hold him to that oath."

Jindal signed an executive order in May called the "Marriage and Conscience Order." It created protections for individuals who oppose same-sex marriage.

It would allow anyone with moral objection to same-sex marriage to refuse to serve them.

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