Pierre Part lawmaker pulls gay rights anti-discrimination bill

BATON ROUGE (AP)— An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Pierre Part, told the House civil law committee that she would not push the bill because she didn’t have the votes for passage amid strong opposition from business organizations and conservative groups.
St. Germain described the proposal as a “fairness bill.” She said it would help employers retain employees because they would have more job security.
“This bill is overdue,” she said.
The proposal would have made it unlawful for employers in Louisiana to discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The measure would have exempted religious institutions or businesses.

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