Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:04 pm
Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.
"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."
New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Shreveport followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.
Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for The Advocate, discusses the dynamics at play.
The Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday considered a resolution to voice support for a bill to be taken up by the state legislature that would get rid of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. It was a lively discussion.
Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 1:04 pm
Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.
A discussion of the flap over undercover sting arrests of gay men at area public parks, under the state's crime against nature law. The law was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003. Bruce Parker, with Equality Louisiana, and Metro Councilman John Delgado will talk about it.
Jim visits with novelist and former Baton Rougean David Madden, who just turned 80.
With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. In more than half the country, it's still legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Wednesday, Senate lawmakers will once again debate a bill that would change that.