Committee Votes to Advance Louisiana Non-Discrimination Act

By Megan Clayton • May 10, 2016 • 4:23 pm

Members of the Louisiana state senate’s Judiciary Committee B voted today to advance Senate Bill 332, which would protect residents of the state from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. The bill’s next stop is a vote before the full senate.

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The 7-member committee voted 2-1 to advance the bill; four senators were absent. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. J.P. Morrell, was one of the two ‘yes’ votes.

Louisiana’s LGBT advocates and allies including the Forum for Equality, Equality Louisiana, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, NOW Baton Rouge and Louisiana Trans Advocates had lobbied for the bill since its introduction in March and packed today’s hearing to speak in favor of it.

As North Carolina moved yesterday to sue the U.S. Department of Justice in order to preserve state-sanctioned discrimination under House Bill 2, it’s encouraging to see legislators in some states taking stock of the economic and legal ramifications of that stance and choosing to go down a more inclusive path.

Freedom for All Americans applauds the legislators who voted to advance this bill, and stands with the Forum for Equality and our other partners on the ground in Louisiana as they take the fight for SB 332 to the full Louisiana Senate.

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