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Gay in Louisiana (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-08-28

Duration: 00:58:11

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Same-sex marriage | Homosexuality | Discrimination | Civil Rights | United States. Defense of Marriage Act


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Erwin, Gregory Interviewee
  • Hill, John Interviewee
  • Traigle, Joe Interviewee
  • Mills, Gene Interviewee
  • Bridges, Reggie Speaker
  • Foreman, Jacob Speaker
  • Blanchard, Sydney Speaker
  • Patterson, Matthew Speaker
  • Decker, Claudia Speaker
  • Fini, Joshua Speaker
  • Holt, Trennecia Speaker
  • Hood, Larry Speaker
  • Gainous, David Speaker
  • Battiste, Kent Speaker
  • Link, Armand Speaker
  • Curry, Clay Speaker
  • Colvin, Les Speaker
  • Richard, Madeleine Speaker
  • McCauley, Taylor Speaker
  • Davis, Katlin Speaker
  • Hulbert, David Speaker
  • Denison, John Panelist
  • Sibley, Bryce Panelist
  • Wilson, Ron Panelist
  • Claitor, Dan Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 28, 2013, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the rights of gay citizens in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Gregory Erwin, an attorney for the Louisiana Baptist Convention; John Hill of the Forum for Equality; Joe Traigle, a Baton Rouge businessman; and Reverend Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum. The audience members then discuss the discrimination faced by gay people in Louisiana and whether morality can be legislated. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: John Denison of the Louisiana Forum for Equality Foundation; Father Bryce Sibley, pastor at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette; Ron Wilson, an attorney who works with the ACLU; and State Senator Dan Claitor. They discuss: the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act; whether laws should evolve as society evolves; redefining marriage; same-sex marriage; the financial benefits of marriage; laws addressing discrimination against gay people; and religious freedom. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman