LGBTQ resolution slashed from East Baton Rouge Metro Council’s agenda

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“We think it’s unfair that the metro council wants to wait for the supreme court to make a decision” said Cody Mack, member of Progressive Social Network.

A controversial proposed LGBTQ discrimination resolution was on the agenda for this week’s East Baton Rouge Metro Council’s meeting, but that has changed. Metro Councilman Matt Watson says it didn’t go as planned.

 “I think the resolution was a wait and see for the highest court in the land to make a determination, but the language didn’t go far enough” said Matt Watson, Metro Councilman, District 11

In a Facebook post about the resolution, Watson said, a recent headline highlighted the division in our community on a public stage. But, members of Progressive Social Network of Baton Rouge said, they think otherwise.

“We actually think our community is on the same page than councilman Watson gives them credit a recent study has shown that the majority of Louisiana actually do support having protection against discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment” said Jennifer Harding, representative with Progressive Social Network of Baton Rouge.

Watson said, the resolution was to inform the public about current laws against discrimination, referencing three cases to be heard by the supreme court.

One is a gender identity case and the other two are sexual orientation cases. They’re going to start deliberation on them in October said Watson.

Though the resolution may be off the agenda for now. Members of Progressive Social Network said, they hope the council revisits it soon.

 It’s basically in the hands of the metro council. It’s kind of up to them to put this up on the agenda get it up for a vote and stand with the citizens of Baton Rouge and show that we are a place that can move forward and protect all its citizens said Harding.

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