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Louisiana House rejects LGBTQ housing discrimination protections

By: - May 11, 2022 7:18 pm
Louisiana House of Representatives

Louisiana lawmakers have convened a veto override session at the State Capitol to pushed through a Republican-backed congressional redistricting map that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed. (Photo by

For the foreseeable future, Louisiana’s anti-housing discrimination laws, which don’t protect against discrimination against LGBTQ residents, will remain out of sync with federal requirements.

House Bill 303, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, would have made it illegal in Louisiana to refuse to sell or rent housing to someone because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill failed in a 35-48 vote in the House of Representatives.

There was no discussion on the House floor ahead of the vote.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last year it will enforce the federal Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

This was Freeman’s second attempt at passing the bill after Republicans on House Commerce blocked it last year.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.