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LDP STATEMENT ON GOV. EDWARDS’ NON-DISCRIMINATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

BATON ROUGE – Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“Louisiana finds itself in some hard times right now, and what the Governor has done today sends a clear message that if you are willing to help dig this state out of the mess we are in, and you do good work, then you are welcome. I have fought hard for equality in the workplace and this is a huge step forward. I thank the Governor for taking such bold action today.”

Stephen Handwerk, Executive Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, released the following statement regarding Governor Edwards’ signing of Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11:

“I am so very proud of Governor John Bel Edwards for today taking a solid step forward for the state of Louisiana. It’s going to take all of us – together – to pull our state out of the ditch that we find ourselves in right now and kicking people out because of who they love or how they identify is wrong and not a Louisiana Value.

“Opponents of equality, like Gene Mills and his ilk, and those fueled by hatred, are likely to offer their usual boilerplate predictions of disaster and imaginary boogey-men. But one only need look at Shreveport as an example. They have had virtually the same protections in place since 2009 and none of the horrible predictions have come to pass. The Louisiana Democratic Party will be here to remind everyone of this as we move forward as a more welcoming and accepting state.”

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