Democratic Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday issued an order that protects LGBT state workers and rescinds an executive order signed last year by former Governor Bobby Jindal that protected people opposed to the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Edward's order provides “employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age,” according to the governor's office.

Hours after lawmakers refused to pass the Marriage and Conscience Act, a bill which sought to prohibit the government from taking adverse action against a person for expressing a religious belief or moral conviction about marriage as a heterosexual union, then-Governor Jindal issued an order that closely mirrored the proposed bill. IBM was a vocal critic of the stalled legislation and executive order.

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About a month later, Jindal entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, fighting several candidates for the critical social conservative vote in early states such as Iowa.

Edwards said that Jindal's order served “a narrow political agenda.”

“It does nothing but divide our state and forced the business community, from Louisiana's smallest businesses to large corporations, like IBM, to strongly oppose it. This executive order threatens Louisiana's business growth, and it goes against everything we stand for – unity, acceptance and opportunity for all,” Edwards said.

“While this executive order respects the religious beliefs of our people, it also signals to the rest of the country that discrimination is not a Louisiana value, but rather, that Louisiana is a state that is respectful and inclusive of everyone around us,” he added.