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Sex-driven, threat-filled fairness issue comes to a head

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BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders are set to discuss and vote on a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from being discriminated against when it comes to jobs and housing.

The vote was delayed at the last Metro Council gathering when the meeting reached its required legal ending before a vote could happen.

Passing the ordinance will likely prove difficult, as many members of the council have said they are against it or had not made up their mind. During the previous discussion, people from both sides of the issue spent lots of time trying to convince members to vote a certain way. Things became chaotic, when a prominent pastor against the ordinance began describing gay sex and another pastor who supported the move took control of the meeting for a brief time.

Should it be approved, the measure would also protect people of certain disability and veterans status. It is similar to other measures passed in many other cities throughout the U.S.

Earlier this week, the councilwoman who backed the proposal told WBRZ News 2 she received threats over her support for the issue.

Check back for updates beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday on WBRZ.com and on WBRZ News 2. Newscasts air during the council meeting at 4, 5 and 6.
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