House committee rejects gay discrimination ban
BATON ROUGE- A ban on discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation has been rejected in a House committee.
The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon.
Badon says people should be judged on their employment qualifications, rather than on whether they are gay.
The bill would have declared it unlawful for a state employer to use different standards of treatment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
It would have allowed employees who feel they have been discriminated against to appeal to civil service officials or file a lawsuit to challenge the decision.
Opponents say the measure would advance a sexual politics agenda.
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