Young professionals say 'Be Fair' Ordinance is well over due

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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 9:49am

Locals are weighing in on a "fairness" ordinance that's heading to a metro council vote on Wednesday.

It’s called the "be fair" ordinance. Basically it ensures that lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgender people will be treated the same as anyone else, and our community would be welcoming to all, regardless of race or gender.

But the catch is our Metro Council has faced equality issues before this change is something our young professionals say is necessary for our city to move forward.

"It’s better late than never."

Treat others as you would want to be treated. To thrive and to grow, Baton Rouge must be welcoming to everyone.

That's what Jesse Hoggard says should be our city's motto what we stand for.

"We are officially ready to move into the 21st century," noted Hoggard.

The ‘Be Fair’ ordinance is something that would eliminate discrimination in the capitol city, an ordinance that's now in the hands of the Metro Council.

"Evidently the people want it we just hope the metro council will understand that."

Eric Dexter who is the president of a group of young professionals called forum 35, says for our city to continue to grow.

This is clearly something we need.

"We don't want to continue to loose young talented people that get educated here."

Even Mayor Kip Holden is speaking out he posted on Facebook encouraging the community to step up and express their opinions.

Even the Facebook group "Be Fair Baton Rouge" is gaining support daily with over 2500 likes. Hoggard says it’s clear there is huge support for this change. But there are people who he considers "afraid" of it.

"I think it comes down to change and to a lot of people change is scary but if you look at the history of our county and our state we've been through huge monumental changes."

Metro Council has faced uncomfortable LGBT ordinances in the past, including repealing the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. This time our young leaders can only hope we begin to move forward.

“I think when you look at where we've come from as a city and a state I think were in better place,” said Hoggard “This is just one more step toward an even better future."

More than 200 other cities have passed similar protection ordinances, including Shreveport and even New Orleans.

The Louisiana Family Forum is one organization that opposes this measure. This is their response to the ordiance:

"Individual conscience ought to dictate commerce decisions on EBR, not the heavy hand of city government".

The proposal before the Metro Council is incorrectly named - it is Unfair & Unconstitutional. Unfair in that it places the Sexual practice of the 3 % who self identify as Homosexual ( CDC) above a majority whose rights of conscience are violated .
Unconstitutional in that in creates a cause of action in civil, private relationships which state law does not allow.
Art. 6 Section 9
La Constitution.

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