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Shreveport council member plans to repeal Fairness Ordinance

Just ten days old, a Shreveport anti-discrimination ordinance is under attack by the one city councilman who didn't support it.
Just ten days old, a Shreveport anti-discrimination ordinance is under attack by the one city councilman who didn't support it.
At issue: the "Be Fair Shreveport" Ordinance, which protects the gay community in housing and employment situations. 
It was a victory for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community and their supporters.
"We would join cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and New Orleans and Atlanta those are cities we compete with for keeping our young people," said Adrienne Critcher.
The measure outlaws housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.  District E Councilman Ron Webb was the only vote against it.
"I don't socialize with them. I don't think we should. The Bible even tells us that we shouldn't. The Bible even tells you that homosexuals is an abomination,” said Webb.
That was ten days ago.  Now, he plans to repeal it, and he has supporters like Ellerbe Baptist Church Pastor Dennis Sims.
"This is getting into an area that has nothing to do with who they inherently are as an individual.  This has to do with behavior and choices that are made," said Sims.
As a leader of a Baptist congregation, Pastor Sims believes it’s his duty to stand-up for their religious beliefs.
Sims also has financial concerns about the ordinance.  Employers found to be in violation by a commission face fines up to a thousand dollars.
"They have authorization given by the city to attack pocketbooks of any business not complying to their interpretation of this ordinance," said Sims.
For LGBT rights supporters like Adrienne Critcher: Opposition just means they'll continue to fight.
"I think it’s kind of sad.  It shows very much the need for this ordinance," said Critcher.
Pastor Dennis Sims does want to add that he doesn’t speak for every Christian, Baptist or even every member of his own church.

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