LOUISIANA: Dem Governor Sues Attorney General For Blocking Contracts Over Their LGBT Protections

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Gov. John Bel Edwards is suing Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state legal contracts over language meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.

Edwards filed the lawsuit in a Baton Rouge state court Friday (Sept. 30), following a meeting with Landry in which the two officials were unable to reach agreement on whether state contracts should include language that protects LGBT workers.

“He basically told me that if I wanted him to approve those contracts that I would have to sue him,” Edwards said at a Friday press conference. “So I’m obliging him on that.”

Landry has rejected at least three dozen legal contracts for a variety of state government agencies because they include language preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. “I believe he is on the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of history,” Edwards said.

The contracts affect legal issues surrounding the state’s ports, potential medical malpractice awards for patients and oversight of state bonds, among others. “It’s becoming a real problem because we have to move forward,” Edwards said.

The governor issued an executive order last spring requiring language be included in all state contracts to protect LGBT people from firing and harrassment. Similar language preventing discrimination based on race, religious creed and political affiliation is also included in all contracts.

Edwards believes he has the authority to require such nondiscrimination language in state contracts as the chief executive officer of the state. Two previous governors, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards, had issued similar executive orders protecting gay people.

Landry said he was rejecting the contracts because the state Legislature had declined several times to pass laws extending those protections to lesbian and gay people. The attorney general said he is protecting the will of the Legislature in rejecting contracts with LGBT protections.

When Landry was a member of the US House he joined the Tea Party caucus and backed every wingnut policy imaginable.

  • safari

    β€œSo I’m obliging him on that.”

    If only more politicians were so inclined when encountering threats.

    • TuuxKabin

      And being such a southern gentleman.

      I used the same quote, just the quote, much after you posted. πŸ˜‰

    • Reality.Bites

      Someone (ok many people) once (ok many times) told me to go fuck myself.

      Alas, try as I did, I was unable to oblige.

  • PickyPecker

    Is LA having growing pains?

    • popebuck1

      It seems to me that one big reason the haters are so riled up these days, is that even the deepest parts of the old Confederacy are smashing up against 21st century reality. They can’t stay in denial about us any more!

  • bkmn

    Every election matters.

  • BobSF_94117

    The attorney general said he is protecting the will of the Legislature in rejecting contracts with LGBT protections.

    A perfectly fine position if the legislature had the constitutional authority to write govt contracts. Which they don’t…

    • Gianni

      Sounds to me more like he’s applying his personal religious convictions about us rather than any consideration for the will of the legislature. I’d put money on it that he feels quite smug because God is on his side, what with all that condemnatory, holy scripture behind his attitude.

      • CA2016

        Sharia law for me but not for thee.

  • SunsetGay

    Just remember…

    If we could elect John Bel Edwards in Louisiana, then all things are possible. Never let someone tell you your vote doesn’t matter. Never let someone dissuade you from fighting the good fight even if it’s in a place where you’re not used to winning fights.

    We need more Governors like John Bel Edwards and fewer Governors like Pat McCrory.

    • olandp

      I read that as “former Governors like Pat McCrory.”

      • TuuxKabin

        Hopefully soon.

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      • Cboulder

        Soon enough it should be fitting. Let’s hope anyway.

    • another_steve

      Here in Maryland, they elected a Republican governor the last time around. What were they thinking?

      We’re a very fucked-up, tormented state — tormented by our very fucked-up legacy in the American Civil War of the 1860s.

      • madknits

        This is why I want to return to New England. No one even considers the Civil War. It’s 150 years in the past. But here in the south they still are coming to grips with the fact that they lost.

        • Cboulder

          trying their best not to. Maybe they won’t take as long to get over Obergefelle

        • Librarykid

          The losing side never stops fighting the battle they lost.

      • Ninja0980

        The Democrat being a dud in the race certainly helped.

        • another_steve

          He carried with him the baggage of former Governor Martin O’Malley — the Republicans’ ‘tax and spend’ wet dream.

          As Democrats, let’s all be glad that Martin O’Malley gracefully disappeared from the 2016 presidential scene.

          • Ninja0980

            Yup, when you tax rain water, you’ve gone too far.

          • Frederick Fag

            Leave my GORGEOUS Mart O’Malley alone! Have you seen him without a shirt? Governing? who gives a shit!

          • another_steve

            There are pictures of him shirtless, on the web. Oh yeah… Hottest. Governor. Ever.

            A few years ago he spoke to the assembled crowd in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore on Pride Day. Perhaps you were there. When boy got on that stage in that tight shirt of his, the entire crowd hushed.

            I had never witnessed so many gay men quite that silent.

    • madknits

      He got elected because Piysh Jindal was such a shit show. I hear the conservative ladies in my knitting group say that he hasn’t done anything and he’s been in office since January! Like he can undo 8 years of idiocy in 8 months.

    • melllt

      He was running against the diaper wearing, prostitute using David Vitter. Louisiana voters are generally kinda slow, and while they reelected him to his Senate seat after the scandel broke, by the time of the governor’s election, many more voters had actually heard about what happened.

      • Evangelicals finally got shamed into ousting Vitter the Shitter (as he was called by the prostitutes that had to deal with his diaper fetish). They’ll surely be back with a less openly hypocritical candidate in a few years.

      • unsavedheathen

        It was the Louisiana Democrats and the DNC who were slow. They failed to exploit the prostitution scandal. Vitter is not the brightest of men and he was vulnerable.

    • Louisiana has a rather unique system in which all the candidates run on one ballot (any party) and then the two that get the most votes are in a run-off. They could be in any party, even two Republicans. It makes for interesting results (sometimes scary, sometimes good).

    • Gianni

      Who’d have thought that a deep southern state could manage to elect a fair minded governor. I just put LA in my Positive column.

    • Jerry

      I’ll get to listen to and meet Edwards next Saturday, as he’s main speaker at our (WV) state party dinner.

    • Joseph Miceli

      There is NO difference between the parties. “He who must not be named” said so.

  • Friday

    So.. somehow ‘anti-lgbt discrimination doesn’t exist’ but must be mandatory?

  • bob

    Could the south finally be catching up to the rest of the world ?

    • Reality.Bites

      One governor in one state?

      No. They’re not.

      • bob

        Baby steps. There’s also moore in alabama and the rejection of north carolina

  • TuuxKabin

    β€œSo I’m obliging him on that.”

  • Bj Lincoln

    Sue his ass off. Then make sure he must pay for the court costs out of his own pocket and not have the whole thing covered by taxes. I’m sure the people don’t want their tax money to pay for this kind of crap.
    Your vote counts! Make sure we don’t elect asshats like this fool, Moore or McCrory!

    • Gianni

      I believe that when a governor files a lawsuit for state-related reasons, it is automatically the taxpayers who will foot the bill.

  • Blake J Butler

    Whats that saying about elections ? Oh yeah i remember what it was: EVERY ELECTION MATTERS!!!!

    JBE may be a down-home democrat and not as progressive as most of the other governors, but just picture how diaper wearing Vitter would have done had he won instead.

    Hell i’d have him over Asa Hutchinson, i hate that son of a bitch. Give me Bill Halter or Blanche Lincoln in his place and i’d be happy.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Edwards seems to govern much more like a typical Dem than our governor here in MA, Charlie Baker, governs like a typical republican

      • Hank

        Then he will NOT last long in MA!!!

        • madknits

          Only if they don’t run Martha Coakley again (I know, she retired from politics). But the MA Dems have to start running some decent people, or they’ll have another slew of Rethuglicans like Jane and Mittens.

      • TrollopeReader

        i think what you’re trying to say is that Baker governs much less like a typical (ie, c 2016) republican governor, while Edwards is governing the way a typical Dem should be? After all, Baker is one of the top-rated govs in the nation, and has no love for the “typical” Rs of today …

  • another_steve

    Republicans are stupid and inept. In nature, if you’re stupid and inept, you eventually go extinct.

    Thirty or forty years from now — when my generation is all dead — there’ll be very few people around who will buy into the bigoted theofascist positions of Republicans today.

    Bye bye, Republicans. πŸ˜‰

    • melllt

      Oh, if only. Forty years ago abortion was legalized in this country. And here we are today, with the right slowly chipping away at a women’s right to choose.

      • another_steve

        Trust in the passing of the generations.

        Human evolution — physical and intellectual — operates based on the passing of the generations.

        • Gianni

          Unfortunately, the generations never seem to apply the lessons from the past. One or two generations ago, the proven pathological lying behavior of Donald would have shit-canned him as a candidate without any chance of getting this close to the goal.

        • boatboy_srq

          I trusted in the passing of the generations – until I watched the Woodstock-era Boomers go right off the wingnut edge. You say, patience; I say, more tumbrels.

  • ShawnSwagger

    Holy cow!!! He’s blocking contracts that include protections? That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that.

    But Republicans are the party of small government, remember. And less regulations. And personal responsibility. How can they not choke on their own hypocrisy? It’s a medical mystery.

    • Reality.Bites

      Anti-discrimination clauses are definitely a big government thing.

      Small government is letting everyone fend for themselves with no legal protections.

    • EweTaw

      Well, that’s what Jesus would do.

    • Gianni

      Yes, small enough to drown it in a thimble of water, if I recall their vaunted promises correctly.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Sam_Handwich

      ha! after i just posted below about our current GOP governor here in MA

  • Smokey
    • EweTaw

      Very maudlin and VERY correct. I like.

  • EweTaw

    If I were Landry I’d make sure to always have someone else start my car for me.

  • Hank

    β€œHe basically told me that if I wanted him to approve those contracts that I would have to sue him,” Edwards said at a Friday press conference. β€œSo I’m obliging him on that.” Yea Gov. Edwards!!!

  • And this is why it’s important to elect Democrats because there obviously IS a difference.

    • Gianni

      I grind my teeth whenever I hear someone excuse Republican party/candidate behavior with that line and that’s usually why it’s said. It’s like being at fault for breaking a law and excusing yourself by saying, “Nobody’s perfect.” Anyone with a minimum level of seeing and hearing and brain activity can readily grasp that the two parties are a world apart on so many issues. Sure they all play the political game – that’s the only similarity.

  • CharlestonDave

    An excellent example as to why we need to push for nondiscrimination protection to be codified in the law, as opposed to relying on executive orders.

  • BudClark

    Landry looks like a hom-skoold Babdist preechur.

  • JCF

    Remember: Democrats and Republicans are EXACTLY the same…