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Newscaster: Shreveport City Council was scheduled to vote on repealing the Fairness Ordinance, but they never got the chance. That's because Councilman Ron Webb changed his mind about his proposed ordinance.

In December, the council voted to end discrimination based on sexual identity of preference. Ten days later, Webb introduced an ordinance to negate the council's vote. Now, Webb heard pleas from people in favor of Fairness, but it wasn't until a transsexual woman quoted the Bible that he dropped his proposal.

Pamela Raintree: Leviticus 20:13 states, "If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death." I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.

Audience: [applause]

Newscaster: Webb's decision to pull the proposal means that the Fairness Ordinance continues to be in effect, and that means that in Shreveport people can't be fired or denied housing simply because they are gay or transgender.

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