Photos: Metro Council takes no vote on ‘Fairness Ordinance’

After hours of passionate back-and-forth from members of the public about a proposed ban on discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday abruptly ended the meeting without voting.

Councilman John Delgado, a supporter of the ordinance, filibustered the remaining three minutes of the meeting, essentially blocking a last-minute vote. He later said that the measure was doomed to fail, and that he would prefer that members of the Metro Council have their opportunity to say their peace before the vote.

By law, Metro Council meetings can last only until 8:30 p.m. and speakers talked until about 8:27 p.m., when Delgado began his brief oratory.

The next Metro Council meeting is in three weeks on Aug. 13, which is when the ordinance will be voted on.