Peaceful protesters locked out of politician's office

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:22pm

Wednesday morning, people representing Equality Louisiana and People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE), attempted to talk to Louisiana state Representative Alan Seabaugh about his House Bill 402.

In a radio program on WRKF on Thursday, April 18, Rep. Seabaugh said that while he owned a copy of the "Homosexual Agenda", he had lent it to a colleague in the legislature. Hearing that radio interview, the activists brought Seabaugh their copy of the gay agenda to remind him what his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituents are concerned about.

On a more serious note, they also planned to ask him to amend his bill, HB 402. The abstract of the bill states, "Provides that suits filed for employment discrimination for any reason other than age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sickle cell trait, and genetic discrimination shall be dismissed and considered frivolous."

Many are calling this bill "back-door bigotry" because it provides protections for most minority groups, but not for the LGBT population. If the bill passes, any employment discrimination lawsuit filed because of sexual orientation would automatically be deemed frivolous.

But when the activists tried to bring Seabaugh's office the two documents, they were told by a Shreveport Police Officer that they would not be allowed inside the building. Frances Kelly, of Equality Louisiana, called Seabaugh's legislative assistant asking to either let her come up or have the assistant meet the group downstairs, but was hung up on.

The group was extremely unhappy that they weren't allowed into an office that their tax dollars pay for, seeing as how some live in Seabaugh's district.


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