Rep. "Honor Code", John Bel Edwards, skipped out of a forum last week sponsored by local churches in Baton Rouge, as well as the Louisiana Baptist Message and the Louisiana Family Forum in order to attend a fundraiser at an adult night club in New Orleans. Many wondered, at that time, why someone living by the "honor code" would skip out on what many considered an important forum on family and faith policies. We found out why when Edwards was busy "in da club."
Now this piece from The Baptist Message highlights Edwards' support of transgender issues in Louisiana. Per the article, a prominent LGBT activist in Louisiana had this to say:
In a post on her blog for Forum for Equality Louisiana, Mary Griggs, a political activist who is the immediate past president of the group, invited followers to read Edwards’ policy intentions for homosexuals and transsexuals, “in his own words.”
Griggs quoted him as claiming credit for having “exposed Mike Johnson’s so-called religious freedom bill as a Trojan Horse.” She also cited him as boasting that “before and after I became a candidate for governor, I met with LGBT groups around the state,” and promising that as governor, “I will sign an executive order which prevents discrimination against LGBT people.”
This last pledge apparently is in response to two developments in the state:
— The Marriage and Conscience Order signed by Gov. Jindal which essentially put into place the protections Edwards defeated in opposing Johnson’s Marriage and Conscience Act.
— The Fairness Ordinance, defeated 8-4 by the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council, would have allowed men who claim gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, to use bathrooms designated for women and girls. A similar measure, criticized as a transgender bathroom rights bill, was defeated by Houston voters earlier this month by more than 20 percentage points.
Importantly, in documents completed by Edwards for Project Vote Smart he indicated “yes” for support of the “inclusion of gender identity in Louisiana’s anti-discrimination laws.”
If you fall for the "new and conservative" Democrat spiel that Edwards is putting on, you should really think again. He is a dyed in the wool liberal Democrat and ardent supporter of Obama and cannot be allowed to take Louisiana back to the failures of the past.