John Bel Edwards Sues Jeff Landry Over State Contracts And Gay Anti-Discrimination Clauses

Attorney General Jeff Landry has been blocking state contracts over language banning LGBT discrimination. Earlier this year, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive barring state agencies from engaging in LGBT discrimination.

The two men met today and the result of the meeting was that Edwards has filed a lawsuit against Landry.

From WWL:

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’s suing the state attorney general over his rejection of contracts with an anti-discrimination clause that would protect LGBT people.

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has refused to approve contracts allowing state agencies to hire outside lawyers because they contain language barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Edwards, a Democrat, issued an executive order in April requiring the language to be included in nearly all state contracts.

Landry says the order exceeds the governor’s legal authority.

After a meeting Friday between the two men, Edwards said Landry told him if he wanted contract approval, he’d have to go to court. The governor responded: “I’m going to oblige him on that.”

The Times-Picayune talked to Terry Ryder, who is an attorney and he says that Edwards will probably prevail in court. He may be right.

But this is probably not the best fight for Landry to pick. Even here in Louisiana, the limited polling done on the topic show that people are generally supportive of banning LGBT discrimination.

There isn’t much of a political upside to this fight Landry is picking.

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