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04/19/2007


Transwoman Offers Bigoted City Councilman a Stone So He Can Stone Her to Death: VIDEO

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Back in December we reported that Shreveport, Louisiana became the second city in the state to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. The vote was 6-1 with the dissenting vote cast by Councilman Ron Webb.

WebbWebb recently introduced a proposal to repeal the ordinance. But that proposal was withdrawn on Tuesday after transwoman Pamela Raintree  showed up at the City Council meeting, quoted Leviticus, and offered Webb a large rock with which he could stone her to death.

Said Raintree:

"Leviticus 20:13 states, 'If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.' I brought the first stone Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Releases Statement Supporting 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson

JindalLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was inspired to release a statement of support for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson after Robertson was suspended for comparing gay sex to sex with animals, and homosexuals to drunks and terrorists who are going to Hell for their sins.

Jindal's statement:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV.  In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.  In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended "


Shreveport Becomes Second City in Louisiana to Pass LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

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Shreveport, Louisiana is now the second city in the state (joining New Orleans), to pass a "fairness ordinance" protecting LGBT people, the Times-Picayune reports:

While state law does not bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Shreveport voted 6-1 on Tuesday to pass a local ordinance banning discrimination based on these factors as well as race, color, sex, disability, age, ancestry, national origin and political or religious identification.

City Councilman Ron Webb of District E cast the dissenting vote.

Councilman Jeff Everson, who co-authored the ordinance with Councilman Oliver Jenkins, hailed the panel's bipartisan support for the change, adding, "we now join the ranks of cities in our region like Dallas, Ft. Worth, New Orleans and Austin in recognizing that Shreveport values equal protection and tolerance."


Louisiana to Comply with Pentagon Orders on Gay Spousal Benefits

Louisiana will fall in line with orders from the Pentagon to provide spousal benefits to married partners of gay servicemembers, the Washington Blade reports.

The state had previously refused to comply, citing state laws banning same-sex marriage.

Louisiana"Federal personnel will enroll all dependants of same-sex marriages, in benefits programs. This solution ensures that no Louisiana National Guard Personnel will be asked to violate the Louisiana Constitution," said Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak, a spokesperson for the National Guard."

The Blade adds:

Kazmierzak later clarified the policy change means Louisiana will follow the same plan as Texas, which last week announced it has come to an agreement with the Pentagon to process same-sex benefits. The Texas plan involves enrolling the spouses of gay troops into the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System through federal dollars and resources – even at state-run installations.

Louisiana was prior to its announcement one of three states that had yet to comply with a Pentagon directive to provide spousal benefit applications to gay troops in the wake of the Supreme Court decision against the Defense of Marriage Act. With Louisiana in compliance, the remaining states are Georgia and Mississippi.

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) released a statement in response to Louisiana's decision:

“Officials from the Louisiana National Guard have finally made the right decision and we are satisfied with the outcome," said Stephen Peters, president of AMPA. "However, this situation only highlights the bigger issue that still needs to be addressed. There are still major conflicts between state and federal laws where states have codified discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans into state laws and constitutions. This is yet another stark reminder of how far we have yet to go to achieve our nation's promise of 'liberty and justice for all.'"


Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Citing lack of jurisdiction, a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Louisiana, the Washington Blade reports:

CaldwellU.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a Reagan appointee, dismissed the lawsuit, known as Robicheaux v. Caldwell, on Wednesday because plaintiffs named only Attorney General James Caldwell (pictured) as a defendant and he hasn’t denied them the recognition of their marriage.

“The Attorney General’s sweeping responsibility to enforce the laws of the State of Louisiana lacks the Ex parte Young specificity nexus between the Attorney General and the alleged unconstitutional provisions that is essential to defeat sovereign immunity,” Feldman writes.

Scott Spivey, an attorney in New Orleans, filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of Jon Robicheaux and Derek Pinton, who married in Iowa last year and are seeking the recognition of their marriage in their home state of Louisiana. Another Louisiana same-sex couple who married in Iowa, Nadine and Courtney Blanchard, later joined as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs say they plan to amend their complaint and name Secretary Tim Barfield of the State Department of Revenue as the defendant, and are hopeful that the court will accept it.


Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Appointed to Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission

6a00d8341c730253ef01901c847424970b-800wiWhen looking to fill a high-profile job opening--say, membership on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, for example--you might not opt for the virulently homophobic leader of an organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.  Or, if you're Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican governor, you might do just that.

According to its website, the commission's mission is "to improve the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice system and promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community."  (There's a delicious and sad irony in the idea of Perkins being part of a group's 'progressive leadership.')

Slate points out that Perkins's appointment to a body "which awards grants, trains officers, and regulates law enforcement throughout the state" could add to Louisiana's already less-than-stellar record of support for LGBT individuals and "may well drag the state to new, even darker depths of anti-gay enmity."

Just this month, Perkins--who leads the Family Research Council--said that straight solders were facing discrimination from the federal government because of a recent Pentagon policy allowing service members in same-sex relationships living in non-marriage equality states paid leave to travel to states which allow marriage equality.  He also called on his followers to boycott Betty Crocker because the company donated custom cakes to three same-sex couples in Minnesota who wed after the state legislature voted in favor of equal marriage rights.

As we've noted before here on Towleroad, Louisiana is not very friendly to its LGBT citizens.  Earlier this month, the state's National Guard said that it would not comply with orders from the Pentagon to begin approving benefits requests from married same-sex couples, pointing to the state's ban on marriage equality.  This summer, the Baton Rough Advocate published a disturbing exposé revealing that the city's sheriff's office had conducted undercover stings for at least two years arresting gay men for engaging in consensual sex.  In doing so, the sheriff relied on Louisiana's sodomy ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision but still technically remains on the books in the state.


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