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Breaking: Louisiana City Passes Ordinance Banning Anti-Gay Discrimination

by David Badash on December 10, 2013

in News

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The Shreveport City Council minutes ago passed an ordinance banning employment, housing, and public space discrimination against LGBT people. The Louisiana city is the state’s third-largest, with about 200,000 residents. The vote tonight was 6-1.

While the state has no protections for LGBT people, Shreveport becomes the second city in the state, after New Orleans, to offer a fully-inclusive ordinance.

Debate and public testimony lasted about two hours.

Organizers from Equality Louisiana, ACLU Louisiana, and People Acting for Change and Equality (P.A.C.E.), and even the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce were on hand to speak in favor of the bill.

Opposition to the ordinance centered around “homosexual behavior,” with one person testifying saying he wasn’t prejudiced against “homosexuals,” just their actions — demonstrating the exact need for the bill.

City Council member Ron Webb reportedly attempted to postpone the vote but ultimately relented. But not before this:

Councilman Webb was the single “no” vote.

Image by PACE Louisiana via Twitter

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{ 4 comments }

LOrion December 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

WHOOT! Happy International Human Rights Day! You rock Shreveport!

kajunteddy December 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Wow…maybe the rest of Louisiana will break the mold and come into the 21st century and join Shreveport and New Orleans.

BJLincoln December 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Maybe there is hope for the south. They are still dealing with race after how long? I hope it doesn't take them another 100 years to stop picking on us.

transgriot December 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

For the new ordinance to cover the LGBT community, it needs to have both sexual orientation and gender identity language in it. Does that new ordinance meet that criteria?

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