Gov. John Bel Edwards said he plans to sue Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state legal contracts over language meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.
Edwards announced the legal challenge Friday (Sept. 30), following a meeting with Landry in which the two officials were unable to reach agreement on whether state contracts should include language that protects LGBT workers.
"I believe he is on the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of history," Edwards said in a press conference.
Landry has rejected at least three dozen legal contracts for a variety of state government agencies because they include language preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Sometimes, in this state, the Treasurer, or Attorney General, or the chair of some legislative committee will try and play Governor for a stretch. It only seems fair that the Governor should get to play Attorney General a little bit in return.