Tense debate at library board over Drag Queen Story Hour

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | A Louisiana library’s plans to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour” have led to sometimes tense debates at local government meetings.

The Lafayette Public Library’s Board of Control heard from opponents and supporters of the planned Oct. 6 program.

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City considers resolution critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Two members of the governing council in a Louisiana city are pushing a resolution critical of their local library’s plan to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

The resolution by Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen Jared Bellard and William Theriot is to be considered by the council on September 18. 

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Louisiana library plans ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ for children

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Residents are defending a Louisiana public library’s plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens.

All but one of the 20-plus citizens who spoke at Tuesday’s Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting said they support the Oct. 6 “Drag Queen Story Time,” The Advertiser reported . The event is being planned by a provisional chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Appeals court reviews Louisiana governor’s LGBT-rights order

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Lawyers for Louisiana’s Democratic governor and Republican attorney general went back to court Tuesday to argue the constitutionality of an order aimed at protecting LGBT rights in state government.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is hoping an appeals court will reinstate his executive order banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Edwards says a lower court judge erred in deciding he overstepped his legal authority.

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Lawmaker: Louisiana domestic abuse laws risk nullification

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana lawmaker fears women and children could lose crucial domestic violence protections if his colleagues refuse to join 48 states that have widened the safeguards to include same-sex couples.

Rep. Patrick Connick wants to remove the requirement that a victim be of the opposite sex of the alleged offender to be considered a victim of domestic violence.

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Louisiana governor hit with court, election and budget losses

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. John Bel Edwards has taken a round of political blows recently, watching favored candidates lose their elections, a judge reject his LGBT-rights executive order and House leaders thwart his budget cut plans.

The recent, repeated hits are not the most uplifting way for the Democratic governor to end his first year in office, reminding him that Republicans remain firmly entrenched as the dominant force in his home state.

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No ruling yet after hearing in Louisiana LGBT-rights dispute

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Lawyers for Louisiana’s governor and attorney general clashed in court Nov. 29, in a struggle about the limits of the statewide elected officials’ authority and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order aimed at protecting LGBT rights.

Baton Rouge Judge Todd Hernandez heard a full day of witness testimony and legal arguments in the latest in a series of disputes between the Democratic Gov. Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry.

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Dispute over Louisiana governor’s LGBT-rights order heads to court

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A judge could decide within days whether Gov. John Bel Edwards violated Louisiana’s constitution in giving workplace protections to LGBT people through executive order.

The Democratic governor issued the order in April prohibiting discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with an exception for contractors that are religious organizations.

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Louisiana attorney general challenges LGBT-rights order

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Republican attorney general asked a judge Oct. 20 to block the Democratic governor’s order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people, in an escalating dispute over the protection language.

In his court challenge, Attorney General Jeff Landry says Gov. John Bel Edwards’ anti-discrimination order violates state law and exceeds the governor’s authority. He’s seeking to have the order declared unconstitutional.

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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Obama’s transgender directive to schools goes to court

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas and 12 other states will ask a federal judge Aug. 12 to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools.

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Louisiana gay widower denied Social Security survivor benefits

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New Orleans (AP) – A civil rights group said August 2 it is seeking Social Security survivor benefits for a Louisiana man who legally married his husband in California before a 2015 Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Gerald Allen Beem and William Floyd Conley had lived together since 1982. Louisiana residents since 1997, they were legally married in California in 2014.

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