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Lawmaker pulls gay rights anti-discrimination bill

1 year ago April 22, 2014 Apr 22, 2014 Tuesday, April 22 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:50:17 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been shelved for the legislative session.

Rep. Karen St. Germain, a Democrat from Pierre Part, told the House civil law committee Tuesday that she wouldn't push the bill because she doesn't have the votes for passage.

Before pulling the bill, the committee heard from supporters of the proposal who argued it would make people want to stay in Louisiana and with their employers. They say people shouldn't be fired for being gay.

Opposition for the measure came from business organizations and conservative groups. But they didn't testify before the committee because St. Germain pulled the bill.

St. Germain says she'll return with the proposal next year.

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