Sept. 03– CEDAR FALLS — Louisiana Gov. and presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal voiced his support Thursday for a Kentucky County clerk refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Jindal held a campaign stop in Cedar Falls at Beck’s Sports Grill on College Hill. During a question and answer session following his stump speech, Jindal learned Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had been arrested after disobeying a supreme court order to issue same sex marriage licenses.
“I think it’s time to end discrimination against Christians,” Jindal said. “We’re not a society where we’re supposed to take God out of the public square.”
Jindal touched on various topics but spoke at length in reaction to the news to a crowd of nearly 40 people Thursday afternoon.
“I don’t think this clerk or any person should have to chose between obeying their conscience and being able to keep their job,” Jindal said.
Jindal is one of 17 Republicans seeking the party’s presidential nomination. Jindal had little to say about his opponents specifically but framed himself as an option outside of the Washington, D.C., power elite.
Rep. Rod Blum, R- Iowa, introduced Jindal at the event. Blum reiterated his support for term limits for members of Congress. Jindal followed by saying serving in congressional posts isn’t supposed to be a career.
“These were supposed to be sacrifices,” Jindal said.
Of the nine sitting or former governors running for the party’s nomination, Jindal said he is the only one to shrink his state’s budget.
Jindal said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is already looking to the general election and not concerned with carrying the conservative torch. Jindal also took a dig at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who, like Jindal, has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Walker would merely replace it with another expensive program, Jindal said.
The group of supporters applauded when Jindal promised to defund Planned Parenthood.
“There’s no reason they should get one penny of taxpayer dollars,” he said.
When asked about how he would address climate change, Jindal said he is unsure about the science but added he supports exploring alternative sources of energy as long as it doesn’t put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage.
“We’re seeing these energy intensive companies go overseas,” Jindal said, adding the current reductions in coal use in the U.S. don’t offset the increase in use by China. The current administration has not been able to negotiate from a strong position on climate change policies because of the amount of U.S. debt China holds, Jindal said.
“If we weren’t in such debt we’d be in a stronger position to make them play by the rules,” Jindal said.
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