Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards plans to issue an executive order protecting LGBT state employees and government contractors.

According to The Times-Picayune, Edwards, a Democrat, told the paper he plans to sign such a document after he takes office on January 11.

“People deserve not to be fired from their jobs because of who they are,” Matthew Patterson of Equality Louisiana told the paper.

Outgoing Republican Governor Bobby Jindal refused to sign a similar order, saying it was “unnecessary.”

“We are certainly looking forward to having a governor that makes human rights a priority,” said Sarah Jane Brady of the Forum for Equality.

Gene Mills, head of the Christian conservative Louisiana Family Forum, said that his group would fight the directive.

“I have equal concerns that religious liberties may be jeopardized,” he said.