Louisiana attorney general challenges Governor’s LGBT rights order

Republican candidate for attorney general, Jeff Landry, speaks about the state GOP's endorsement of his campaign on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. The Republican Party of Louisiana backed Landry in the Oct. 24 election over incumbent GOP Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana’s attorney general is asking a judge to prohibit enforcement of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order requiring most state contracts to contain LGBT rights protection language.

Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, filed the court challenge Thursday, saying the Democratic governor’s anti-discrimination order violates state law and exceeds Edwards’ authority.

The two men have clashed repeatedly over the order, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Landry has blocked dozens of contracts to let state agencies hire outside lawyers that contain the anti-discrimination clause.

Edwards refuses to rescind the order and sued Landry over the attorney general’s refusal to approve contracts with the language.

A judge ruled against Edwards this week on a technicality, not on the substance of whether the governor’s executive order is legal.


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