Skip to comments.Senate votes down bill on sexual orientation (LA)
Posted on 05/24/2006 12:12:52 PM PDT by DBeers
BATON ROUGE -- The Senate closed the door Tuesday on legislation that would have prohibited state agencies from discriminating against employees or job applicants based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
Senate Bill 347 by Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans, was rejected 24-10. Murray said he would ask the Senate to reconsider the bill, but he needs to pick up 10 more backers to pass it.
A similar measure, House Bill 853 by Rep. Juan LaFonta, D-New Orleans, was killed 58-38 on May 17 on the House floor.
Murray's bill was opposed in committee by business lobbyists and some religious clergy who said it would legalize or recognize an immoral lifestyle.
The original version of the bill sought to prohibit discrimination or harassment by state agencies on the basis of race, creed, gender, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, disabilities, as well as, sexual orientation.
Murray amended his bill on the Senate floor to narrow its scope to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In its amended form Murray said it would apply only to discrimination against persons who are "perceived as a heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual."
Murray said the measure would also grant state agencies, commissions and boards the authority to establish dress and appearance codes for its workers while on duty. It would have applied just to agencies of the state not local governments, Murray said.
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The Senate closed the door Tuesday on legislation that would have prohibited state agencies from discriminating against employees or job applicants based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
More like actual or imagined sexual orientation.
Ah, I long for the days when delusion was called delusion rather than perception...
Regardless, always good to see the delusion closet door closed -now how do we lock it?