Residents pack meeting to discuss Fairness Ordinance
BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination.
The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen.
Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with a large numbers of residents turning out to express their opinion on an equal opportunity issue.
The ordinance would ban hiring and housing discrimination based on factors including sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and veterans status.
Many among the large turn out in support of the Fairness Ordinance feel that it is time for Baton Rouge to pass the measure, which is already in place in many other cities throughout the U.S. Supporters of the ordinance also said that failure to embrace the protective policy could lead to industry-leading businesses shying away from investing in Baton Rouge's economy.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber were among those who spent nearly two hours speaking in support of the measure. Executives from Albermarle and Lamar Advertising also supported the measure in order to "win the war for talent."
Others stand in opposition to the protections and claim that businesses and property owners should be able to make hiring and other business decisions based on their own discretion and not that of a law passed down from city government.
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