Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Says He's Batty for "Birther Bills," Unlike Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal apparently is trying to steal some of Arizona's far-right-wing "birther" thunder.


As you've probably heard, the sudden rash of "birther" legislation is a ludicrous response to the repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and is therefore not a U.S. citizen.

After Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the Legislature's ridiculous, conspiracy-theory-laden "Birther Bill" on Monday, Jindal let the public know that he's ready and willing to sign similar legislation in Louisiana.

"It's not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it, we'll sign it," Jindal press secretary Kyle Plotkin tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Arizona was one of 14 states with "birther"-style bills, which all require presidential and vice-presidential candidates to prove to state election officials that they're U.S. citizens to appear on election ballots.

HB 2177 -- Arizona's bill -- was the first proposal for presidential birth-certificate requirements to be passed by a state Legislature, but a few oddities that slipped into the language of the bill led to Brewer's veto.

As we've noted, federal law already requires a presidential candidate to prove their natural-born citizenry with a birth certificate, but Arizona's bill took that an awkward step further.

The bill called for other documents -- several of them not legally binding -- to prove U.S. citizenship, including a circumcision certificate or early baptismal certificate.

It may seem rare for Brewer to veto legislation that's nutty, but apparently a penis description is where she draws the line.

"I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates' among other records to the Arizona secretary of state," Brewer writes in a letter to House Speaker Kirk Adams. "This is a bridge too far."

Back in Louisiana, however, Jindal's ready to ink the state's "birther" legislation, which was introduced by a pair of Republican legislators last week (and has no stipulations for penis documentation).

The Times-Picayune reports that Jindal believes President Obama is a U.S. citizen.

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