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Elections Matter: LA Governor Edwards Signs Non-Discrimination Order

Rather than codify or enable discrimination as Republican governors in other states have done, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) has signed an executive order to prohibit discrimination against state employees and the employees of contractors who do business with the state.

Here's a statement directly from the governor's office:

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age. This executive order also prohibits discrimination in services provided by state agencies, and recognizes an exemption for churches and religious organizations. [...]

“We respect our fellow citizens for their beliefs, but we do not discriminate based on our disagreements. I believe in giving every Louisianan the opportunity to be successful and to thrive in our state. Our goal is to promote the opportunities we have right here in Louisiana. While this executive order respects the religious beliefs of our people, it also signals to the rest of the country that discrimination is not a Louisiana value, but rather, that Louisiana is a state that is respectful and inclusive of everyone around us.”

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