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New Orleans Tourism Officials Call Gov.'s Order on Louisiana's Marriage Act Invalid

Following Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order putting forth a version of the proposed "Marriage and Conscience Act," New Orleans tourism officials released a statement stating that "the enactment of any substantive law changes made by the governor in his executive order are invalid and have no impact on Louisiana law. This executive order is largely a political statement by our conservative governor in support of his national position on the issue. That is certainly his right. It is important for those who visit Louisiana to know that its effect in essence is that of a political campaign document." The executive order was made following the state legislature's defeat of HB707.

Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., said, "We will continue with our CVB and economic development partners to promote and market New Orleans and Louisiana as destinations for the world's greatest vacations, conventions and meetings, and special events; and as premier sites for economic growth and expansion that offer the ultimate in inclusiveness, tolerance and acceptance with a dynamic, vibrant and entrepreneurial bent and culturally rich climate. This is a hallmark of who we are as people."

Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, "Our industry remains committed to total tolerance and inclusiveness in the free marketplace and such is demanded by our businesses and by our customers nationally and internationally. We are opposed to all legislation that could either limit our freedom of religion for all or that could negatively impact our state's economy and our reputation as an international and national leader in economic development, digital media, entrepreneurship, tourism, meetings, conventions and special events. We heartily and warmly welcome all visitors and groups of all political and philosophical orientations and welcome everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, cultural background, creed, religion or religious interpretation of their faith."