Shreveport city council upholds fairness ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT community
POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:41am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 11:48am
SHREVEPORT, La (NBC33) — Shreveport Councilmember Ron Webb abandoned his attempt to repeal the city’s Fiarness Ordinance that grants protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. The ordinance has only been in place for a month.
Webb moved to withdraw his proposal to overturn the ordinance when it became clear that the other six councilmembers were determined to uphold the ordinance. The council unanimously accepted his withdrawal.
Two advocacy groups, People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE) and Forum for Equality, commended the other six councilmembers who stood firm in their decisions to uphold the ordinance.
The Fairness Ordinance was put in place to protect citizens from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Among other groups who supported the ordinance were The Shreveport Times and the chamber of commerce. This broad support for LGBT rights is made even more significant considering the recent GQ interview by “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, which put a spotlight on Louisiana.
Adrienne Critcher, PACE Political Director, expressed her approval of the council and other supporters. “They have made it clear they want our city to be forward-looking so we can begin to end the exodus of our most talented young people to cities that thrive on diversity,” Critcher said.
Forum for Equality Executive Director SarahJane Brady expressed her optimism that others would soon follow suit. “We hope other cities in Louisiana, as well as our state Legislature, will be encouraged to join Shreveport in enacting laws that send a strong message that Louisiana does not discriminate but welcomes all who want to work hard and build a good life here. No one should live in fear of losing their job or being evicted simply for being who they are, and in Shreveport, no one will.”
Read more about efforts to enact anti-discrimination laws in Baton Rouge.