Target: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
Goal: Praise executive order outlawing discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new anti-discrimination order, a major victory for LGBTQ rights activists in Louisiana. Thanks to this executive order, state employees may not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Edwards’ decision also protects against discrimination based on race, religion, disability, and age, while simultaneously creating a healthy compromise by providing an exemption for religious organizations and churches.
The national debate concerning LGBTQ rights has been growing more heated by the day, and every victory counts. North Carolina recently introduced a bill that critics feel is anti-LGBTQ, making Governor Edwards’ decision to protect LGBTQ rights an encouraging sign, especially in a southern state such as Louisiana. In a statement praising the move, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana noted that the order “is the first time Louisiana has explicitly recognized the equal rights of transgender people, and is a strong stand against bigotry.”
Sign the petition below to thank Governor Edwards for taking such a progressive stance on this critically important issue.
Dear Governor Edwards,
I am writing to commend your recent decision to sign an executive order preventing discrimination against LGBTQ people. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, all people deserve the same rights, and your new order represents a significant victory in the struggle for equal rights.
As seen with North Carolina’s recent anti-LGBTQ legislation, this is a divisive and controversial issue, especially in a southern state such as yours. Your boldness is very much appreciated, and I thank you for taking such a progressive stance and protecting the rights of all your citizens.
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