Political Scientists Boycott
2012 New Orleans Convention
More sad news for Louisiana economy. Part of the Statement by a group of political scholars planning their 2012 convention states:
A 2004 amendment to the Louisiana Constitution denies marriage and “the legal incidents thereof” to same-sex couples. This provision places an affirmative burden on visiting lesbian and gay pairs, who may never have legally recognized relationships in Louisiana, regardless of their marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership in home states or countries. For example, the 2004 amendment may well invalidate, by operation of law, medical-care agreements signed outside of Louisiana between the members of same-sex couples because such documents touch the legal incidents of marriage which the state constitution withholds from those pairs. As a result, the undersigned support the boycott of the American Political Science Association’s 2012 New Orleans conference and will not attend that meeting. We believe that a substantial risk of serious discrimination against visiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) political scientists and their families exists in the Crescent City.The boycott's organizers are urging the organization's members to support New Orleans hurricane recovery NOW by making contributions now when needed. Their view is that its not enough to plan a convention there in 2012. The claim is they can legally terminate their contracts with host hotels because their written agreements state that New Orleans was chosen for the convention because of its anti-discrimination ordinances. Since the city is enforcing state rules on marriage inequality, the contracts are voidable.