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Quote of the week: State Rep. Mike Johnson 

  "This is not about whether someone doesn't want to sell a pizza to a person who is gay. It's about discrimination by the government." — State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, to | The Times-Picayune on March 31, regarding his plans for a yet-to-be-filed bill to prevent the government from interfering with individuals' or business owners' beliefs on same-sex marriage, and other "religious" viewpoints. John- son's plans came as Indiana and Arkansas mulled similar legislation. Louisiana's Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, passed in 2010, offers those protections. Johnson told Monroe's The News Star that the article was incorrect but didn't say why. He also told The News Star the measure "has no application at all to whether somebody who owns a restaurant (doesn't) want to serve a sandwich to some patron for whatever reason," he said. "This would be in some sense prospective legislation. ... You try to prevent a crisis before it occurs."


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