IBM on Friday canceled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge scheduled to take place Monday over an executive order signed by Louisiana's Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, a possible presidential candidate.

According to Fox 8, several city leaders said that Jindal's order was the reason behind the last-minute cancellation.

Jindal issued the order mere hours after Louisiana lawmakers shelved a controversial “religious freedom” bill that sought to prohibit the government from taking adverse action against a person for expressing a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage. Jindal's order closely mirrors the proposed bill.

IBM was a vocal critic of the stalled legislation, saying that it was “deeply concerned” about Jindal's support for a “bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status.”

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

Local and state officials worked hard to convince IBM to build the center in Baton Rouge.