A Louisiana judge threw out an executive order on Wednesday from John Bel Edwards, Democrat governor of the state, that would’ve protected LGBT people in state government from discrimination.
According to the Associated Press,
“State District Judge Todd Hernandez ruled that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ anti-discrimination order is unconstitutional because it seeks to create or expand state law. The order prohibited discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The order issued by Governor Edwards intended to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in both state and government contracts. It would’ve also issued protections against discrimination based on religion, disability, age, and race. The order was unique in that it would’ve been the first to prohibit discrimination against transgender people. However, Judge Hernandez did not seem to agree.
Jeff Landry, Republican attorney general of Louisiana who filed the lawsuit against the executive order, accused Edwards of attempting to “replace the people’s will with his own” in a statement. Landry also claimed that Edwards was trying to invent a “new protected class of people that doesn’t exist in law.” The attorney general felt so strongly about Edwards’ specific mention of transgender people in his order that he asked that the language be removed last week.
Governor Edwards later responded to the judge’s ruling in a statement, stating,
“With great respect for the role of the Louisiana Legislature, we continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual’s qualifications and job performance.”