Apr 13, 2016 9:13 PM GMT
Holy crap! First time ever ive heard one state governor rescinding another state governors executive order, this is also first for LGBT rights!
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a non-discrimination executive order on Wednesday and rescinded an executive order from former Gov. Bobby Jindal that expanded provisions in a bill Edwards said “sanctions unfair discrimination.”
“We are fortunate enough to live in a state that is rich with diversity, and we are built on a foundation of unity and fairness for all of our citizens,” Edwards said in a statement. “We respect our fellow citizens for their beliefs, but we do not discriminate based on our disagreements.”
The executive order protects against LGBT discrimination for state employees and workers hired by state contractors. It also provides employment safeguards on the basis of race, religion, political affiliation, disability and age, among others, but recognizes an exemption for churches and religious organizations.
“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 respective and inclusive of everyone around us,” added Edwards, who slammed Jindal’s executive order as a directive “meant to serve a narrow political agenda.”