Sheriff protects gay workers in new discrimination policy
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff said Wednesday, his department's nondiscrimination policies were rewritten to add protection for gay employees.
The changes comes in a week where the department was been under fire from activists for allegedly targeting gay men meeting in parks to plan sexual encounters. A dozen have been arrested on an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. The arrests came during a sting operation targeting illegal sex in public places. But, the men who were charged never had sex in public, they met an undercover deputy in the park then went to a nearby apartment to have sex. They were arrested at the apartment.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux's department Facebook account was shutdown because of offensive comments from people on both sides of the issue.
While some argued the deputies were wrong and target gay men, others said they were doing their job and parks were no place to make plans about sex, no matter who is involved.
Gautreaux has apologized numerous times and reiterated each time, he never intended to have deputies arrest gay men for no reason, nor were they ever targeted.
Some state lawmakers also said Wednesday, they plan to gather to discuss taking the anti-sodomy law off the books. A meeting could happen in mid-August.
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