Friday, April 22, 2016

Louisiana Governor Rescinds Earlier Executive Order Protecting Discrimination Against Gay Couples

Last week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 (April 13, 2016) (full text) barring state agencies and offices from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability or age.  The executive order also requires that all state contracts include a similar provision barring the contractor from discriminating. However, this does not apply to contracts with religious organizations or religious educational institutions.  The order rescinds an executive order issued last year by then-governor Bobby Jindal prohibiting the denial of benefits or government contracts to anyone who acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage should be only between one man and one woman. (See prior posting.) [Thanks to Blog from the Capital for the lead.]