By Nick Gass (Politico) –
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a non-discrimination executive order on Wednesday and rescinded an executive order from former Gov. Bobby Jindal that expanded provisions in a bill Edwards said “sanctions unfair discrimination.”
“We are fortunate enough to live in a state that is rich with diversity, and we are built on a foundation of unity and fairness for all of our citizens,” Edwards said in a statement. “We respect our fellow citizens for their beliefs, but we do not discriminate based on our disagreements.”
The executive order protects against LGBT discrimination for state employees and workers hired by state contractors. It also provides employment safeguards on the basis of race, religion, political affiliation, disability and age, among others, but recognizes an exemption for churches and religious organizations.
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