Though he didn’t make LGBTQ issues a large part of his campaign, Louisiana’s incoming Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, is already proving to be an ally to the gay community and he hasn’t even taken office yet.
Yesterday, Edwards, who defeated antigay Republican Sen. David Vitter in the gubernatorial race last month in an landslide, announced plans to issue an executive order protecting government employees and contractors from being fired, harassed or discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.
The state’s previous executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT state employees and contractors lapsed in 2008 after religious freedom fighter/failed 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal refused to renew it, calling the law “unnecessary.”
“We are certainly looking forward to having a governor that makes human rights a priority,” Sarah Jane Brady, with Forum for Equality, a LGBT advocacy group, told NOLA.com.
Edwards did not indicate exactly when he will issue the executive order, but he implied that it will be shortly after taking office. He is set to be sworn in as governor on January 11.