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In pushing a transgender sports ban, Louisiana Republicans manufactured a war and lost it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 23, 2021

While it may have been true during Tip O’Neil’s time that “All politics is local,” it’s been 34 years since he served as Speaker of the U.S. House and 27 years since he died.  With the dominance of talk radio and cable news networks and the central role social media plays in our lives, we […]

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Louisiana’s historic veto override session: Winners and losers 

BY: - July 22, 2021

Republican leaders in the Louisiana Legislature ended the first veto override session in the history of the state Wednesday, three days earlier than the session had to end, when it became obvious the Republican leadership didn’t have enough votes to override any of the governor’s vetoes. They had the option of staying until Saturday at […]

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Louisiana Legislature fails to overturn governor’s veto of transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

Louisiana will not ban transgender women and girls from participating in women and girls sports — despite efforts of the conservative Christian organizations and the House Republican leadership to push through a new law to do so. The Louisiana Legislature failed to overturn Edwards’ veto of a transgender athlete ban (Senate Bill 156) Wednesday after […]

100 Louisiana clergy call anti-transgender bill ‘cynical and frivolous’

BY: - July 21, 2021

Clergy representing dozens of faith traditions from across Louisiana released an open letter Wednesday Louisiana House members not to override Governor John Bel Edward’s veto of Senate Bill 156. The bill prohibits transgender girls and women from competing in girl’s and women’s athletic competitions.  The Louisiana Senate voted to override the veto Tuesday. The clergy […]

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Louisiana lawmakers veto override efforts coming down to one bill — a transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s historic veto override session appears to be coming down mostly to one piece of legislation — a transgender women and girls athlete ban. Republican lawmakers entered the state’s first ever veto override session angling to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision on more than one measure. Edwards vetoed 28 bills and removed […]

Transgender rights activists kicked out of Louisiana Capitol for protesting

BY: - July 20, 2021

BATON ROUGE — A group of transgender rights protesters was forced out of the Louisiana House of Representatives at the start of the veto override session Tuesday after shouting their opposition to Senate Bill 156, which would prevent transgender girls and women from playing girls’ and women’s sports. The six protesters on the balcony were […]

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Louisiana Senate votes to override Governor John Bel Edwards on transgender women and girls athlete ban

BY: - July 20, 2021

The Louisiana Senate has voted again to prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in women and girls sports — overriding Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of  Senate Bill 156. The House will have to vote to override the governor, too, in order for the bill to become law. The Senate vote was 26-12 Tuesday, […]

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Louisiana Legislature’s veto override session: 6 things to know

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature will hold a session to override the governor’s vetoes for the first time in the state’s modern history. It’s set to start Tuesday and must end by Saturday at midnight, though lawmakers could vote to adjourn early. Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed 28 bills and several lawmakers’ pet construction projects from three […]

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry opposes schools interpreting Title IX to protect against LGBTQ discrimination

BY: - July 9, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 20 other attorneys general in sending a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Title IX is a federal law passed in the 1970s that seeks to protect from sex discrimination anyone […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

Governor vetoes bill that would've allowed concealed guns without a permit

Louisiana governor vetoes bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit

BY: and - June 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed legislation this week that would have allowed residents over the age of 21 to carry concealed guns without a permit and without training — a move that has heightened calls from Republican lawmakers for an unprecedented veto override session in July. “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, […]

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes ban on transgender women and girls in women’s sports

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a ban on transgender women and girls participating in women and girls sporting events. The veto didn’t come as a surprise. The governor, a Democrat, had said in April that he intended to reject the legislation if it passed.  “As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination […]