US: Louisiana Legislature kills housing anti-discrimination bill

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A bill which intended to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in housing was killed in the Louisiana Legislature on Monday.

The House Commerce Committee on Monday voted 12-3 against the measure which sough to make it illegal to discriminate when it comes to housing.

Proposed by Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, source of income, domestic abuse victim status and criminal conviction would have been added to non-discrimination characteristics for property owners.

The measure was opposed by the Louisiana Family Forum which argued that only “morally neutral” characteristics should be added to the list.

Smith closed a hearing on the measure with a quote from the Pope about equal protection and fairness.