In Out-of-Step Ruling, Judge in Louisiana Rules Against Governor’s LGBTQ Executive Order

By Shane Stahl • November 2, 2017 • 2:22 pm

Judges in Louisiana’s 1st Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that governor John Bel Edwards does not have the authority to enforce an executive order protecting LGBTQ state government workers and contractors from discrimination in the workplace. The decision is out of step with developments in many other states, where LGBTQ non-discrimination protections issued via governors have been implemented without issue.

The case dates back to April of 2016 when Bel Edwards issued his executive order, which was met with immediate opposition from Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry. In December 2016, Judge Todd Hernandez ruled in Landry’s favor challenging the order, which the governor then appealed to the 1st Circuit. It is anticipated that the case will be further appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The governor’s order prohibited harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression for state employees and contractors. This is the latest in Jeff Landry’s attempt to roll back LGBTQ protections for all Louisianans. Governor Bel Edwards said in a statement:

“Discrimination in state government and by state contractors is wrong, makes us weaker, and is bad for business and economic development.”

Bel Edwards’ order was a first step in working to secure protections for LGBTQ Louisianans – and Freedom For All Americans thanks Governor Bel Edwards for his efforts in protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors. Now, LGBTQ people in Louisiana are less safe and more at risk for harassment and discrimination, particularly state employees and contractors who relied on these protections each and every day.

Freedom For All Americans continues the fight to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are protected from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Keep up with the latest news in Louisiana here.

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