The New Orleans City Council wants Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the State Legislature to adopt a bill to make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The panel passed a resolution encouraging passage of House Bill 199.
It would change current state law to include a prohibition against employment discrimination on the basis of "gender identity or expression and sexual orientation and, in some cases, age, sex or disability."
Councilman James Gray said, "Every citizen ought to have fair and equal treatment under the law. This legislation will provide protections against discrimination and guarantee the rights of the diverse social groups that make New Orleans great."
Currently it is legal in Louisiana to refuse to hire or to fire someone because they are gay.
The Council also passed a resolution encouraging Jindal and state lawmakers to support a bill which prohibits discriminatory housing practices "based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and marital status."
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said, "This Council believes in the rights of our citizens and residents to live free from discrimination in every aspect of their lives. This legislation is a strong step forward in that regard and we are proud to support it and to encourage other government leaders to do the same."
Similar bills have failed to pass many times in the legislature.