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Forum 35 Board Supports Baton Rouge Fairness Ordinance

Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Glymph
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Forum 35 Board Supports Baton Rouge Fairness Ordinance

BATON ROUGEMembers of the Forum 35 Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the passage of the Fairness Ordinance proposed by Metro Council member C. Denise Marcelle at their July 9 meeting. The ordinance would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran's status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

“The time for the Metro Council to pass this ordinance is now,” said Eric Dexter, president of Forum 35.  “More and more national polls show that young adults support equality and value inclusion and fairness.” 

According to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s CityStats project, 62% of residents of East Baton Rouge Parish overwhelmingly support an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation, and more than 96% of Fortune 500 companies have adopted similar protection for their employees.

“If Baton Rouge hopes to recruit and retain young professionals, we need to join the almost 200 U.S. cities who have adopted similar ordinances,” Added Dexter. “We urge the Metro Council to approve this resolution.”

The Fairness Ordinance is scheduled to come before the Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday, July 23.

For additional information, please contact Eric Dexter at, or by telephone at (318) 792-9963.

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