In an official legal opinion out today, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry found that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ and President Obama’s executive orders dealing with ‘transgender’ public school bathrooms and ‘gender identity’ are entirely unenforceable.
Landry wrote in his opinion, which can be obtained HERE, that Edwards’ executive order to add “gender identity” as a newly protected class within the state holds no legal weight and is not whatsoever bound by law, as the executive branch cannot define a new protected class.
On Obama’s executive order to turn public school bathrooms into transgender safe spaces, where students who identify as the opposite sex can use whichever bathroom they choose, Landry found that the order is also a “non-binding policy” on the state, which the state does not have to follow.
“As you are aware, executive agencies are not permitted to redefine a federal statute,” Landry’s letter states. “Rather, legislative power is vested in the legislative branch. The Administration is clearly attempting to bypass the legislative process and ignore the original legislative intent, which did not afford claims of discrimination based on gender identity.”
Last week, the Hayride reported how Landry had deemed Obama’s transgender executive order unlawful, saying that the state had no obligation to follow the order as it was not bound by the law.