The House Civil Law Committee heard arguments on both sides of HB 707 Tuesday. That’s the controversial measure prohibiting state action against those that exercise religious beliefs about marriage, including refusal to deal with same sex couples. It's also known as the "Marriage and Conscience Act".
“Religious observers need this basic protection,” said Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City, the bill’s author.
He urged swift action before the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case.
“June 18, the world is going to change,” Johnson warned.
It is expected the high court will rule that all states must recognize same-sex marriage.