IBM on Friday said that it is opposed to passage of a so-called religious freedom bill in Louisiana.

House Bill 707, titled the Marriage and Conscience Act, is being championed in the House by Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican. It would prohibit the government from taking adverse action against a person for expressing a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage. Opponents argue that the legislation would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay and lesbian couples.

In a letter to Republican Governor Bobby Jindal – a possible presidential candidate – IBM said it was “deeply concerned by reports that you intend to support this legislation.”

“We located [a technology services delivery center] in Baton Rouge because we believe Louisiana has great talent and would continue to be a rich source of such talent. However a bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values,” IBM said in the letter signed by James M. Driesse, a senior state executive at the company.

“We urge you to work with the Legislature to ensure this legislation is not discriminatory,” the letter concludes.

(Related: Bobby Jindal backs “religious freedom” bill.)