Wow! The momentum is building in Louisiana, and we are excited to see the diverse and growing opposition to the so-called “Marriage and Conscience Act.”
Last night Stephen Perry of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau issued an amazing statement echoing the warning we have seen across the country. And just now, Mayor Mitch Landrieu expressed his opposition to HB707 saying that “New Orleans has always been an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity. Discrimination in any form should not be tolerated, and New Orleans has passed its own laws to reflect that principle.”
We know that HB 707 is in direct response to the prospect of marriage equality for same-sex couples, yet this bill threatens the very fiber of our state by authorizing discrimination in all aspects of life based solely on an individual’s opinion of marriage. Working in unison with ACLU Louisiana, Human Rights Campaign and the growing number of partners opposed to HB 707, the Freedom Louisiana coalition is working hard to emphasize how this proposed legislation will harm ALL Louisianans.
HB 707 gives anyone the right to discriminate even if that results in someone being denied medical care, important benefits or access to services, being turned away from a business, or other harmful consequences with no ability for the state to protect them. No one should be subject to discrimination just because of who they are or who they love. Join us in fighting this awful bill.
Executive Director, Forum for Equality