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Complaints arise over Louisiana school official's LGBT stance

4 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago Thursday, January 17 2019 Jan 17, 2019 January 17, 2019 5:37 PM January 17, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Advocate
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans school board member's past resistance to LGBT rights proposals is an issue as she seeks the board presidency.
The seven-member board was set to choose a president Thursday night and it was unclear whether Leslie Ellison, currently the board's vice president, would be able to overcome the opposition.
Opponents cite a 2012 legislative committee hearing in which she opposed language in state charter school contracts explicitly forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation. News reports from 2013 indicate she also opposed language including protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity in a board anti-bullying policy that year.
Ellison didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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