It's been brought up multiple times-- and shot down just as many. Now, the next Fairness Ordinance vote is only a couple of weeks away, but councilmember John Delgado already has a backup plan in place just in case the ordinance is voted down- again.
The city- parish already has an anti-discrimination ban in place that includes sexual orientation, but the ban will expire when Mayor Holden's term is up.
Delgado says that passing the Fairness Ordinance is his main objective, but if it is voted down, he will immediately propose a referendum to ban discrimination of any kind against the 5,000 or so city-parish employees and anyone who wants to do business with the city-parish, such as contractors.
"It would be voted on by the voters and they would get to voice their opinion and I fully believe that the voters in East Baton Rouge Parish do not want to discriminate and do not want companies that are doing discrimination to be practicing in Baton Rouge or receiving tax payer dollars," says Delgado.
Delgado says about 8,500 signatures would be needed to get the referendum on the December ballot.