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Council woman introduces ordinance to ban discrimination

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Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle introduced an ordinance at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, which will outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  (Source: Andrew Nomura, WAFB) Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle introduced an ordinance at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, which will outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. (Source: Andrew Nomura, WAFB)

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle introduced an ordinance at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting, which will outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Marcelle called her latest vision is the "Fair" ordinance. She said it would impact things like housing and employment with larger companies, by giving people the option to file suit if they believe they're being treated unfairly; based on the two new areas of the law.

"If you go to school, if you become educated, you're working, and paying your taxes you have a right to be employed and not be discriminated," said Marcelle.

Religious organizations would be exempt from the ordinance. Marcelle understands that in the past similar attempts have been shot down, but said this is definitely something the city needs.

"We may not understand that a lot of people are discriminated against because of whether if I'm African American or a woman, and they don't want to put in that position," said Marcelle. "It's more than one way to discriminate against a person and it's locked in to any one area," she continued.

A vote on this ordinance can come as early as the next meeting.

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