HRC & Forum for Equality Respond to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s Executive Order

HRC staff

HRC and the Forum for Equality, Louisiana’s LGBT human rights organization, released the following statements in response to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s executive order adding nondiscrimination protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation for state employees and contractors:

“The people of Louisiana deserve to be able to earn a living without fear of unfair and unjust discrimination,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Director. “While the governors of North Carolina and Mississippi have signed into law discriminatory measures targeting LGBT people in the workplace, Governor Edwards is standing up and sending a different message -- one that tells his fellow Southern governors that Louisiana will not turn its back on its motto of union and fairness. However, this cannot be the last action by Louisiana to ensure equality for all. This executive order still allows for religiously-based state contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees while accepting taxpayer funds. We call on the state’s elected officials to pass a law  protecting all LGBT Louisianans from discrimination in the all workplaces and beyond.”

“Today is a historic moment as Governor Edwards signs an executive order protecting state employees and contractors from discrimination and harassment no matter who they are or who they love. And in going a step further, he repealed Gov. Jindal’s desperate and dangerous Marriage and Conscience executive order,” said SarahJane Brady, Forum for Equality Executive Director. “This shows our nation that the State of Louisiana is an open, inclusive and competitive force in today’s economy. This is putting Louisiana first.”


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