Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday reiterated his support for a so-called religious freedom bill in Louisiana.

House Bill 707, titled the Marriage and Conscience Act, would prohibit the government from taking adverse action against a person for expressing a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage.

In a letter to Jindal, IBM said it was “deeply concerned” about his support for a “bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status.”

Passage will “create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values,” the company said.

In an op-ed published Thursday in The New York Times, Jindal warned: “I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.”

“The bill does not, as opponents assert, create a right to discriminate against, or generally refuse service to, gay men or lesbians. The bill does not change anything as it relates to the law in terms of discrimination suits between private parties. It merely makes our constitutional freedom so well defined that no judge can miss it.”

“We know that a nation in which individuals, and companies, are protected from the onerous impulses of government is one that will thrive and grow,” he added.

Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas backed down from supporting similar measures after businesses threatened to boycott those states. Louisiana's bill, however, goes further, Doug Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia and a leading religious freedom expert, told MSNBC last week.

“This Louisiana bill really does what people accused the Indiana law of doing,” Laycock said. “The sponsor and the governor says it doesn't authorize discrimination. I have no idea what that means, it pretty clearly does.”