Columns / Discourse / May 6, 2015

Bobby Jindal and homosexuality

Q: You said a few weeks ago that you are a fan of Bobby Jindal. What do you think of his anti-gay campaign?

A: Well, this is what I was afraid of: people assuming my outright adoration and unconditional support for a political candidate because I mentioned I liked him or her and had high hopes for him or her. The truth is, that’s untrue, because I knew in my gut that something like this would happen with at least one of the candidates I wrote about.

Governor Bobby Jindal did indeed, last week, reaffirm his stance on gay marriage in his op-ed in the New York Times on April 23. Though I particularly do not feel the need to discuss Louisiana politics in the state of Illinois (and I won’t, because the details of his op-ed are not particularly relevant to this question or my answer), I do not agree with what Jindal’s personal beliefs happen to be, and that is that he is “holding firm against gay marriage.”

When I had mentioned that I would like to see Governor Jindal as an official candidate in the race for the Republican nomination, I knew something like this would come up. He is already very pro-Creationism and is very open about that idea, especially in the political realm of Louisiana. Now he is simply reaffirming his stance on same-sex marriage. I don’t agree with him on either count. Personally, I feel as if he is ignorant to not see how this will negatively affect his campaign (something that most of the Republican candidates should realize if they want to get elected). These ideas are indeed “backwards” and they once again reaffirm my libertarian stance.

No political candidate is perfect, and though I cannot agree with Jindal’s social conservatism, I still agree with many of his fiscal ideas. Considering this drama, however, I highly doubt he will get the Republican nomination for president. Someone with such old-fashioned social ideas would never win an election against any Democrat, and the GOP certainly realizes this. They’re politicians just like the rest of them, and all they truly want is their party to succeed. These ideas that Jindal is currently advocating would never stand against a candidate like Hillary Clinton, and if Jindal wants the young conservatives’ votes, he should keep quiet on his social opinions and speak more on his strengths, like the economy, education and job creation.

It should also be made clear that a person does not have to be a registered Republican or Democrat to vote in the respective primaries, as the comments on my columns have been reading. Keep the questions coming.

Shannon Caveny

Tags:  Clinton drama gay marriage issues Jindal President primaries republicans

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