The Shreveport City Council minutes ago passed an ordinance banning employment, housing, and public space discrimination against LGBT people. The Louisiana city is the state’s third-largest, with about 200,000 residents. The vote tonight was 6-1.
While the state has no protections for LGBT people, Shreveport becomes the second city in the state, after New Orleans, to offer a fully-inclusive ordinance.
Debate and public testimony lasted about two hours.
Organizers from Equality Louisiana, ACLU Louisiana, and People Acting for Change and Equality (P.A.C.E.), and even the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce were on hand to speak in favor of the bill.
Opposition to the ordinance centered around “homosexual behavior,” with one person testifying saying he wasn’t prejudiced against “homosexuals,” just their actions — demonstrating the exact need for the bill.
City Council member Ron Webb reportedly attempted to postpone the vote but ultimately relented. But not before this:
Council members withdraw motion to postpone #befairshreveport. Council member Webb is spouting bigotry calling LGB people abominations.
— Equality Louisiana (@equalityla) December 10, 2013
Ron Webb has worked with homosexuals, and doesn’t socialize with them. They won’t inherit the “kingdom of heaven.” #BeFairShreveport
— PACE Louisiana (@PACELouisiana) December 10, 2013
Councilman Webb was the single “no” vote.
Image by PACE Louisiana via Twitter
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