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posted Friday, December 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 49
Why elections matter:
New Louisiana governor will protect LGBT employees from discrimination
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Why elections matter:
New Louisiana governor will protect LGBT employees from discrimination

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards announced on December 2 that once in office he will issue an executive order protecting LGBT state employees and employees of state contactors from discrimination.

Edwards' directive would cover state workers and government contractors in agencies and departments he oversees, but executive orders are not binding on government agencies outside the governor's control, such as the judiciary.

Edwards, a Democrat, was elected on November 21 with more 56% of the vote, defeating Republican David Vitter, currently a U.S. senator. He will take office on January 11, 2016.

Edwards will replace Republican governor and former presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited out of office.

Unlike his Democratic predecessor, Kathleen Blanco, Jindal refused to protect LGBT employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Edwards said during the campaign that he opposed same-sex marriage, but that he favored nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT residents of Louisiana.

'John Bel Edwards said for months that he would reissue the executive order that already existed under Gov. Blanco but expired under Jindal,' his campaign office told Gay Star News. 'He's said it many times.'

Only New Orleans and Shreveport currently provide LGBT employment protections for all employees. Lafayette and Jefferson parishes protect LGBT employees in municipal government.

Edwards' intention to protect LGBT employees was welcomed by local advocacy groups.

'Equality Louisiana welcomes the opportunity to work with Gov.-elect Edwards' administration to ensure that appropriate and inclusive policies are established for state employees soon after his inauguration, and we'll continue our work at the Legislature to advocate for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws extending to the private sector as well,' Matthew C. Patterson, Research and Policy Coordinator for Equality Louisiana, said in a statement.

The gubernatorial campaign was bitter, with Edwards dredging up Vitter's past associations with prostitutes in brutal TV ad.

'The choice for governor couldn't be more clear,' the ad voiceover said. 'John Bel Edwards, who answered his country's call and served as a ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division, or David Vitter, who answered a prostitute's call minutes after he skipped a vote honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.

'David Vitter chose prostitutes over patriots. Now, the choice is yours.'

In spite of the sex scandal, Vitter was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, but he faced an uphill climb in the gubernatorial race. Edwards was helped by incumbent Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's low approval ratings. Only 38% of Louisiana voters said Jindal was doing a good job in a poll taken just before the election, with 60% saying he was not.

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