BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards plans to issue an executive order that would prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees and contractors.
The Times-Picayune on Dec. 1 reported that Edwards’ executive order would apply to employees and contractors who work for state agencies and departments that he would oversee. The newspaper said the mandate would not “necessarily” order government agencies that operate outside the governor’s control to comply.
“People deserve not to be fired from their jobs because of who they are,” Matthew Patterson of Equality Louisiana, an LGBT advocacy group, told the Times-Picayune.
Edwards last month defeated U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in a runoff election in the race to succeed outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Former Govs. Edwin Edwards and Kathleen Blanco issued similar anti-discrimination orders while in office. Jindal did not follow suit when he became governor in 2007.