LGBT housing discrimination bill fails 13-5 in Louisiana House
A bill protecting the LGBT community against housing discrimination failed Monday in the state legislature.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A bill preventing property owners from refusing to rent to people based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or marital status failed Monday in the state legislature.
The legislation was rejected by the Louisiana House of Representatives Commerce Committee in a 13-5 vote.
"People in Louisiana are behind this bill," said Frances Kelley, with the Shreveport branch of People Acting for a Change and Equality (P.A.C.E.). "I think our legislators need to do a better job of listening to their people, and have the courage to stand up to the governor."
Monday's verdict was the first time the bill was put up for a vote.
Although it failed, Kelley said that even five votes are better than none, and passing it will take some time.
Shreveport and New Orleans have both adopted a city-wide version of this bill. The Shreveport City Council voted 6-1 in December 2013 to protect the LGBT community against discrimination in areas of employment, housing, and in public places.