Baton Rouge, La — The LGBT community took another hit in their fight for equality at the State Capitol today.
A bill would have made it illegal to discriminate against a state employee based on their sexual identity. It didn't make it past a House committee, but this isn't the first time they've tried - and failed - to pass this bill.
Several former state employees said the bill is needed. While working for the state, they believed that they could never reveal that they were gay or transgendered due to fear of being fired.
"I've come before you to consider how being fired, not for incompetence or unsuitiblity for the work, but because of who you are and who you love places stress on families, and ruins careers that people have prepared their whole lives for,” said bill supporter Albert McMeen.
Those against the proposed law say it flies in face of many people's values; they went on to say that the LGBT community is already protected by law, so why make another law.
Dale Hoffpauir with the Louisiana Family Fourm asked, “Are we seeking a remedy to an existing problem or are we creating an agenda of sexual politics?"
Several people came testifying in support of the bill, while only two spoke for the opposition.
Although the bill failed again in a House committee, lawmakers want to bring it up again next session.