Baton Rouge votes against Fairness Ordinance

Last month, business, faith and community leaders stood for equality in the packed chambers of the Baton Rouge Metro Council. They testified on the importance of inclusion, diversity and human dignity.

But despite those leaders’ efforts and overwhelming public support (62 percent in the Baton Rouge Area Foundation poll), the Metro Council rejected the proposed Baton Rouge Fairness Ordinance that would have protected the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Forum for Equality commends the great leadership and energy of the Baton Rouge Foundation for guiding such a noble and historic effort to bring equality to our state’s capital city. Forum for Equality stands with them and all those dedicated to moving Baton Rouge forward. As we have New Orleans, Shreveport and parishes across Louisiana, the Forum for Equality will continue focusing on protecting local LGBT communities and families.

Stand with us as we stand side by side with those creating a state of equality here in Louisiana, parish by parish.

Yours in Equality,

SarahJane Brady
Executive Director, Forum for Equality

About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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2 Responses to Baton Rouge votes against Fairness Ordinance

  1. Thanks for passing the word. As with most efforts, keeping the media engaged is always a problem. The night the ordinance failed to pass the media made the issue a front page story, the next day total silence. is a locally grass roots movement designed to bring economic pressure to bear upon local government and those in the community who would oppresss others free and open access to equality in the marketplace for jobs, job security, the right to rent property and live together without facing evictions, or any of a number of other oppressions faced by our LGBT community AMONG OTHERS!

    The politics of religiously based fundamentalism has controlled the Baton Rouge, and in reality all of Louisiana’s, political scene for far too long. It is our intention, though more in sorrow than anger, to bring such oppressions to light and to connect them with the reality that bigotry and contempt still remains a fundamental part of the Louisiana experience.

    Our site is not yet fully implemented and launch awaits editing of video tape to more clearly demonstrate our point. We urge you and those who also stand for equality OF ALL TYPES to continue to spread the word and to check back with us soon.

    Many thanks,


  2. Ted says:

    There were many problems with the ‘fairness ordinance’, chief among them causung division and strife by allowing people who perceive they have been offended or discriminated against in any way to sue for an unspecified amount. Another aspect of this is that gay groups or individuals to my lnowledge were not included in the ordinance process. I cannot imagine a civil rights law drafted without persins if color involved. At least one council member I know who voted no would have voted for a more workable ordinance like New Orleans has, that sets a reasonable fine for violation that does not involve the courts.

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