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Metro Council to discuss another Fairness Ordinance next week

2 years 10 months 1 week ago July 17, 2014 Jul 17, 2014 Thursday, July 17 2014 July 17, 2014 7:56 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council will once again discuss a Fairness Ordinance next week.

There is currently no federal, state or local laws preventing someone from being denied employment or housing because of their perceived sexual orientation.

"It's long overdue in Baton Rouge," Elizabeth Querbes opined. "It's time to say we are inclusive and welcoming to all people."

Querbes went on to say the ordinance is supported by most businesses in Baton Rouge because it draws from existing laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, and religion and extends those same protections to sexual orientation, gender identity and veterans status.

Even though Eric Dexter says most people support the movement, he worries the Fairness Ordinance may not be on the radar of some council members.

"What we're hearing from some of the metro council members is that they haven't heard from enough people," he explained. "We know that the people that want this passed are out there because of some of the surveys, so we need people to contact their metro council members to encourage them to vote 'yes".

The Metro Council will vote on the Fairness Ordinance on Wednesday, July 23rd.

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