Jindal: Religious Freedom Used to Be a 'Bipartisan Consensus'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that religious freedom laws would not allow a restaurant to discriminate against homosexual customers but wouldn't force them to offer services for wedding ceremonies that would obviously conflict with their religious beliefs. That idea, he said, has historically been a "bipartisan consensus."

Speaking to NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Jindal explained that too often people turn to the heavy hand of government to "solve society's problems too easily" -- as would be the case if the LGBT sought special protections against religious freedom laws. Jindal said only in rare circumstances has America done that before, and he doesn't see that now is one of those occasions.

Todd asked the governor if he feels that religious freedom laws lead to automatic discrimination. Jindal said that couldn't be further from the truth.

I'm not saying a restaurant should be able to turn away a couple that wants to eat there... [but]If it's a sincerely held religious belief that it offends the owners' beliefs to participate in that wedding ceremony, absolutely.

Jindal also stated that the government shouldn't be allowed to force businesses to contradict their religious faith for any reason. He was also quick to remind that in years past, this was not a partisan issue like the divisiveness seen in the country today.

"That used to be a bipartisan consensus," he said.

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