LOUISIANA: AG Jeff Landry Wins Court Battle To Block Workplace Protections For LGBT State Employees

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Gov. John Bel Edwards cannot protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working for state government from discrimination, harassment and firing, Louisiana’s First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday (Nov. 1). The decision hands Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican who challenged the Democratic governor’s policy, a notable victory.

“We do not live under a King in Louisiana; we have a Governor, an independent Attorney General, an elected Legislature, and a Court system who are all involved in the governing of our State,” Landry said in a written statement. “I applaud the professionalism and attention of the Court of Appeal in these matters.”

The First Circuit decision is unlikely to settle the dispute, one of a series between the governor and attorney general since they took office in January 2016. The case will almost certainly be taken to the Louisiana Supreme Court for consideration.

“Discrimination in state government and by state contractors is wrong, makes us weaker, and is bad for business and economic development,” Edwards said in a written statement. “Even President Trump agrees, as he has kept in place a federal executive order which is virtually identical to the order I put in place.”

(Tipped by JMG reader Ed)

  • Jamie_Johnson

    Bless his heart.

  • Lazycrockett
    • gaycuckhubby

      Thank you! This gif will be very useful in the future!

  • bkmn

    Every election matters. Every fucking one.

    • Barry William Teske

      Is there a legal definition of ‘matters’?

      • Droz

        If it weren’t for that horse I wouldn’t have spent that year in college.

        • ScottSinEC

          I thought about it too hard and my head exploded.

    • Blake Jordan

      Sadly too many on the “left” want to be “ideology purists”, and/or are too fucking stupid to realize they are being played by conservatives / russian propagandists, and/or are just fucking lazy pieces of shit!!!

    • madknits

      Unfortunately, Louisiana is a deeply red state. The northern part of the state is full of fundegelical christ-stains. I live in New Orleans, which is a blue island in a deep red sea. Elections matter, but you need to have a voter base who will vote for more liberal candidates.

    • Chris Gardner

      Oh, wait… I thought the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans? That’s why we should vote for a 3rd party progressive. /snark

  • Tatonka

    “Even President Trump agrees….”

    President Trump thinks the moon is made of cheese and that whales speak French at the bottom of the ocean.

    • fastlanestranger

      Okay Mr smarty pants. If not French, then just what language DO whales speak at the bottom of the ocean?

      • Treant

        Italian, of course. Whales fancy themselves great cooks and fantastic lovers.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          They are no doubt having a whale of a time!

          • Treant

            I dunno, your comment seems fishy to me, but you probably just made it for the halibut, or you were catfishing.

          • Richard, another Canuck

            Treant, you and my brother would get along well…

          • (((GC)))

            Like a sweetie of mine, who is, in the words of a Nancy Lebovitz button, an “Invertebrate Punster – spinelessly unable to resist a pun – so slug me!”

          • (((GC)))

            Yup!

            As Douglas Adams had written about other aquatic mammals, “…on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”

      • Del Sam

        I thought everyone knew they speak tuna-isian

      • Tatonka

        Welsh. Everyone knows that.

      • Adam King

        Whelsh.

      • Tawreos

        They speak Whale, just like Dory showed us.

      • zherazhera

        Welsh, obviously!

    • Barry William Teske

      #Buses and Nazi’s

  • Treant

    Wait a second, wouldn’t that mean straight people are also vulnerable? Cool, we just need gay workplace gangs to start making the straights’ lives a living hell. They’ll try to reserve the right to discriminate only to them, which won’t fly, and then we can simply have the necessary protections for everybody!

  • Silver Badger

    Landry just won this battle. The war is far from over.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I don’t have much hope of the Louisiana Supreme Court overturning this decision. Is this a case that could be tried in federal courts?

    • Tomcat

      Don’t look for much help from District Federal Courts for Louisiana.

      • Bob Conti

        Or the Fifth Circuit.

        • fuow

          Too true. Had we gay men had the brains to vote for Hillary, we’d be looking at a Supreme Court which was willing to treat us as fully human and equal citizens. Because we refused to, we now are looking at loss after loss after loss for the next generations.

  • Tomcat

    Louisiana got in too much trouble hating on their blacks so now they have chosen a different entity to hate on. Never stop fighting.

  • Friday’s_cat

    What dirty landry is in his closet?

  • HZ81

    Unreal. At least our camps will be super fun.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      …. and well decorated.

      • David Walker

        Fabulous, and I do not use the F word lightly. And then there’s the prospect of food…700 ways to disguise and serve Spam.

        • RMJ

          Lol… we grew up poor and my mom made a killer spam and scalloped potato casserole with cheese. We looked forward to it. Don’t hate… 😜

  • jm2

    but… but… this makes Landry a king, forcing his will on a lot of people. btw, Louisiana is named after a French king – Louis XIV, The Sun King! how does he square that? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd3700b1fa1514772e0b3f9119fee50aed4e7c480a1842bed15690cf8b36ba11.jpg

    • David Walker

      He doesn’t have to. He’s the king. It’s good to be king.

      • JW Swift

        “Oh, piss boy…!”

    • killreligion

      At least the sun king could dress. What’s with the four inch wide knot and poorly fitted tie? Idiots are so non self aware they have to project their simpleton-ness.

      • jm2

        I didn’t notice that! with his face shape he should be doing a ½ knot and spread collar!

  • David Walker

    OT: Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz came to DC today to testify before a federal hearing. The hearing was canceled at about the time her plane landed. Fucking banana republicans. Fortunately, it did not stop her from talking. Video is included in the story.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/san-juan-mayor-carmen-yulin-cruz-trump-you-can-t-n816501

    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you for that David!

      • David Walker

        You’re more than welcome. This whole ignoring of American citizens’ well being continues to piss me off. Obviously, it’s an indication of the “leadership” of this once-great nation, but Puerto Ricans ARE US citizens, for fuck’s sake.

  • Adam Stevens

    See you in court, shithead.

  • Mark

    I’m sure Mr. Landry would welcome comments and honest feedback on his “victory.”

    @AGJeffLandry
    @JeffLandry

  • j.martindale

    “We do not live under a King of Louisiana.” No, the people of Louisiana live under the misrule of a gaggle of bigots.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    In Louisiana, it happened! Gosh.

  • Do Something Nice

    BOYCOTT

    • gaycuckhubby

      Yeah right. Southern Decadance and Mardi Gras ain’t going anywhere

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “We do not live under a King in Louisiana. This is a theocracy.”

  • Friday

    Not supposed to be a theocracy, either, scumbag.

    • Cuberly Deux

      …a whiter than white theocracy at that.

      • David Walker

        That’s thanks to the Clorox the wife uses on the sheets (and pointy hats).

        • Adam King

          And in the coffee.

          • JW Swift

            I had some dreams, they were just clouds in my coffee…

  • MikeBx2

    Saying “even President Trump agrees” is not helping.

  • Adam King

    I wish the fucking South would secede and take all their bigotry, homophobia, racism, christianism, Republicanism, ignorance and poverty with them.

    • gaycuckhubby

      You ever been to upstate NY? Or ND? Or Montana? Or rural Ohio? Or Nebraska?

      • David Walker

        Don’t forget Pennsyltucky. God knows I can’t.

      • Adam King

        I’ve lived my entire life in rural Ohio. It’s not as bad.

        • gaycuckhubby

          I live in the deep South. Have some family in Ohio. I was there right before the election and saw more confederate flags there than I ever have at home.

    • Steven H

      How will that make life better for gay people living in Louisiana?

      • Strepsi

        We have a good refugee program in Canada.

    • JAKvirginia

      NO!! They can leave if they’re not happy here. Don’t know who would want them but that’s their problem. Just take your damn statues and go!

  • TampaDink

    This is SHITTY news….in a week filled with shitty news!
    O/T: Regarding our personal shitty news…
    After our buyer cancelled his first contract on the final day of his grace period he had a change of heart….and wrote another offer….with a longer grace period. We waited anxiously for 5 days last week. Once we’d made it past Friday we went up to Tallahassee for some house hunting. Hours before our appointment with the realtor up there, our Tampa realtor called to tell us that the buyer backed out….AGAIN. Allegedly, we will get his earnest money since he violated the contract. We planned to come home the next day…but yesterday our dog got sick….very lethargic, disinterested in food. We ended up taking him to an emergency vet clinic….where he was diagnosed with end stage cancer. I slept with him last night on my brother & sister-in-law’s couch…and today we brought him back to Tampa. We took him directly to our vet and did the humane but hardest thing for any pet lover to do. We’re gonna miss the hell out of our boy but wouldn’t want him to suffer.

    We’re emotionally drained.

    • Lazycrockett

      Sorry bout your loss.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you.

        • Mark

          So sorry to hear TD – – big hugs from NM to you both.

          • TampaDink

            Thank you Mark!

    • yes b’y

      Oh Tampa, I’m so sorry.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. Life is hard. We are constantly reminded of this.

    • TuuxKabin

      Dear Tampa. We’re so sorry for your loss. You loved him and he sure as hell loved you. Hugs from us 2guys.

      • TampaDink

        Thanks you guys….soggy hugs back at you both.

    • djcoastermark

      Sorry to hear of your draining week. It;s hard to lose a fur buddy. Get out of the house for a bit, like dinner. With the beautiful weather tonite, preferably someplace with out door seating on a busy street. Enjoy a nice long meal, drinks and the best part, people watching. ( hint, look for the hot ones)

      • TampaDink

        Too distraught to leave the house tonight. Spent…emotionally and financially. But we’ll get out some night soon. Definitely.

        • djcoastermark

          Just open the windows then and enjoy the nice breezes tonight.

          • TampaDink

            We have done that….and are enjoying the cooler breezes.

        • CanuckDon

          Be good to yourselves and don’t hold back tears. Such a loss….my deepest sympathies.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks, Don. Our tears have flowed freely & we will both allow ourselves & each other all the time we need to grieve.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Oh no! I’m so sorry

      • TampaDink

        Thank you.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Please take comfort that you were there for, and did everything you possibly could for him.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. Even knowing that….it is still a soggy night here.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Sorry for what you’re dealing with right now, TampaDink, and especially the loss of your canine. Any pics or memories you want to share, I’d welcome. I mever tire of anything pooch-wise 🙂

      • bzrd

        me too, love the pix

        • TampaDink

          I will *try* to figure out how to upload the last photo, described below.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. My state of being techno impaired is the reason that I don’t have any photos to share. But….prior to our trip up on Sunday we’d been dog sitting our friend’s guide dog, a wonderful young & energetic lab….she & Sammy face wrestled & played tug-o-war for hours on end….until they were both exhausted. The last photo I have of him is when they’d both fallen asleep together on his day bed. She is missing him too. His final good day was spent with his favorite dog cousin…and even though I’m not a morning person, we accompanied my brother & cousin Pebbles for about a 2 mile hike on a nearby nature trail early Monday morning…and boy was it cold. He & I couldn’t keep up but we kept at it….so many new spots to smell! He loved that outing. Gonna miss him so much.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          As an animal lover, especially dogs, it sounds to me as if his “people” were wonderful and appreciated byhim. In the end, that’s all that will ever really matter. 🙂

          • TampaDink

            More deep gratitude goes your way.

    • whollyfool

      I am so sorry. 🙁

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. Life is hard…sometimes it is really hard.

    • greenmanTN

      Wow, that’s hard. So sorry to hear that.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you….at this moment, I’m self medicating with vodka.

        • djcoastermark

          That’s the Dink I know. Atta boy !

          • TampaDink

            It is what I do best.

    • SoCalGal20

      I am so sorry. *hugs*

      • TampaDink

        Thanks….hugs back at ya…albeit soggy ones.

        • SoCalGal20

          Awww. It always hard to lose a furbaby but you still have all the memories of the good times and knowing you gave him a loving home. 🙂

          • TampaDink

            And we’ll soon have another urn to add to our collection of lost loves.

          • SoCalGal20

            🙁

          • TampaDink

            I know that some people might think that it is ridiculous to have pets cremated & returned….but since we did that with our first rescue…it wouldn’t feel right to stop doing it. Eventually all of their cremains can hopefully be combined with ours….and scattered.

          • Dazzer

            Whatever you do is the right thing to do at the moment.

          • TampaDink

            Thanks….we’re okay with our decisions even if others think it odd.

          • SFBruce

            Nothing remotely odd about it. What’s odd are people who think that it is.

          • TampaDink

            Thank you, Bruce, for helping to validate my feelings.

          • David Walker

            That is such a great wish. The dogs I grew up with still hold a very special place in my heart. Something about caring for and living with an animal makes life mean more, and knowing the love and remembering that love is exceedingly wonderful. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

          • TampaDink

            Every furry creature who has shared my life remains a part of me. I know that this is true for you & so many others here. As time goes on, the memories are always good, sweet, happy & uplifting. Thank you for your heartfelt words & I send you {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} as well, David.

          • SoCalGal20

            I had my cat cremated. I get it. I even looked for a pet crematorium in the Los Angeles area and took him there myself (he died suddenly at home).

          • TampaDink

            3 out of our 4 losses came under the same circumstances. Our Lady, however, was the victim of a hit & run….while we were visiting family on the east coast. Fortunately, her remains were picked up by animal control & I was allowed to view & identify her so that her remains could be cremated & returned to us. I was so afraid that Sammy might die on the trip back to Tampa today….but knew that if we delivered him to our vet that we could still have his remains taken care of.

          • CanuckDon

            I have two urns holding two of my previous cats. They sit together on top of the CD shelves over my stereo gear. Love of my cats together with my love of music.

          • TampaDink

            It is good to combine our loves in every way possible. I know that those urns hold a piece of your heart. We get that.

    • bzrd

      Very, very sad, Mr. Dink. Losing a best friend and family one at that is just hell.

      • TampaDink

        Yep. He never judged me….not even a little bit.

        • bzrd

          the purest love comes from them
          the look in their eyes when you just arrive home
          the wet nose kiss when you are sad
          now I’m crying
          sorry

          • TampaDink

            I’d offer you a tissue but we’re running low.

    • Dazzer

      Oh man. I’m so so so sorry for you. Nothing much can be said at the moment – but a lot of people here understand the pain you’re going through at every level.

      So much love to you and your family.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you, Dazzer. And knowing that my J.M.G. family would surround me in good thoughts & love does help.

    • Ninja0980

      Sorry for your loss.

      • TampaDink

        Thanks!

    • John30013

      Daddy to six doggies here. I know there’s nothing I can write to ease your pain over the loss of your sweet boy, but I want you to know I feel for you. {{{Hugs}}} to you and your family!

      • TampaDink

        Thank you John. Hugs to you & your pups.

    • zherazhera

      Your dog had a good life with you. Remember that when the grief overwhelms you. ❤

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. Right now, I am quite overwhelmed. Maybe tomorrow will be easier.

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      I’m very sorry, sir.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you….but you don’t need to call me that. (I don’t have the resume’ required.)

    • Steven B

      Oh I’m so sorry. We went through that with our beloved Doogie 3 years ago and hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of him.
      Sorry for your shitty news and especially for your loss.

      • TampaDink

        Our most recent dearly departed really helped us get through the loss of our golden mix in 2012. As Casey lost his sight & hearing, Sammy became his guide dog. It was so touching. Sam wasn’t terribly fond of too many other dogs but his love for Casey was so obvious. If there is a doggy heaven (and I wish that I could believe in any sort of heaven) I know that Casey, Lady & Bink were there this afternoon to welcome Sammy & compare notes. “How fucked up were those guys? But they gave great treats & spoiled us all rotten.”

        • Steven B

          He sounds like a very very special dog.

          • TampaDink

            He was that.

    • Do Something Nice

      Wow, that’s awful. Take care of your selves and know that you did the right thing.

      • TampaDink

        Doing the right thing, even though we know at the time it IS the right thing…feels so wrong.

        • (((GC)))

          {{{{{HUGS!}}}} to you guys! Our furry friends are irreplaceable parts of our families. Irving Townsend wrote of measuring out his life “in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another.”

        • Cattleya1

          No, it was not the wrong thing. You did the kind thing. There are so many places we cannot do that for our own kind. Sometimes, I envy our dogs and cats..

          • TampaDink

            It is so true….we are legally allowed in all 50 states to do right by our pets…but with humans…not so much. Of course, being with my brother & sister-in-law who are loving & kind in every way is always wonderful…knowing that they made a similar albeit different & much more gut wrenching choice when their 20 yr. old son was not ever going to improve after a car accident 9 yrs ago made it hard to completely let go in their presence….but they know that our dogs have always been the closest thing we’ll ever have to a child.

          • (((GC)))

            At least we humans can make some decisions for ourselves (e.g. to go through with possibly futile chemo or not), and let our loved ones know our wishes for persistent comas or other difficult medical situations when we can’t.

            But you’re right, in most states and countries the “Sanctity of Life” makes it difficult for a person to get help in ending their life when their quality of life has become hopelessly intolerable, and they’ve made the considered decision not to go on.

            I’m frustrated by objections to autonomy and to death with dignity along the lines of “Who are we to play God?” Nobody else has clearly stepped up. People get lucky and get unlucky. It’s up to us to do our best for ourselves and each other.

          • TampaDink

            You are so right….it is up to us….and we try to do our best for each other and our beloved.

    • Guy Johnson

      Sending you a hug and some love. This sucks.

      • TampaDink

        It does suck…but thanks for the hug & love.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      Hugs to you. I just had to do the same with my kitty. Life is going to suck for a while, but it does get better..

    • Hank

      My condolences, as well.
      A friend of mine’s 15 year old dog, was diagnosed last week with some sort of blood vessel tumor near the stomach. So, my friend knows it is just a matter of time, @ 2 months, until he will lose his friend as well. While Beau is not in pain, my friend will have the time to enjoy his company.

      • TampaDink

        We don’t know how much pain our boy was experiencing but his sudden loss of appetite & complete lethargy led us to our unfortunate decision.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Omg im so sorry about your dog. It has ripped my heart out every time that ive had to put one of my babies down.
      My border collie ended the same as yours. Very quickly with not enuf time to say goodbye. Theres never enuf fucking time for goodbyes.
      Many many heartfelt condolences!

      • TampaDink

        We were offered the blessing of an extra night…and a long drive with our boy today. I wish that I could’ve ridden in the back seat with him but I was the designated driver. Even at the vet, they were very compassionate & allowed us plenty of time before & after.

    • JAKvirginia

      You loved and were loved in return. That’s all that matters. And I need a tissue. Hugs.

      • TampaDink

        We’ve gone through almost an entire box…and that doesn’t count how many we used at the vet office.

    • fuzzybits

      I’m sorry to hear this. Big hugs Tampa.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. I’m so grateful for so much support & so many hugs from my J.M.G. family.

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      I had to put two dogs to sleep last year. It is difficult, emotionally draining and so fucking sad. You saved him pain and fear, however. Love to you for doing the hard but right thing.

      Grieve and don’t worry if others don’t get it.

      My love and sympathy to you.

      • TampaDink

        Two in one year? I cannot imagine your pain & loss. I am so sorry!
        Thank you for your love & sympathy.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          Two within five weeks. And then my mom. It’s no wonder I didn’t handle things well.

    • Steverino

      : ( So sorry for your loss, gentle man.

      (((TampaDink)))

      • TampaDink

        (((HUGS))) Steverino.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      So sorry

      • TampaDink

        Thanks.

    • Cattleya1

      That is a terrible shame. Our pets are family – family we choose, but family just the same. Add to that the aggravation of a real estate deal gone awry, and you have grief. I hope life becomes more agreeable and stable for you..

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. I’d quote a line from Steel Magnolias….as I so often I do, if I could remember it beter but I believe it goes something like this:
        Annelle: “Things couldn’t be any worse”.
        Ouiser: “Of course they could.”

        • Cattleya1

          I used to teach my residents ‘Brady’s First Law’ – Life tends toward maximum inconvenience. It is more perverse than Murphy’s.

    • Rick Hammond

      Very sorry to hear your news. I still have pangs of guilt about putting our little girl down. She was as I’m sure yours was the “apple of my eye.” But you did the right thing. It just hurts to have to live with that. Sending you love from West Palm Beach.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you for your kind words. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to you…and everyone who has so kindly replied to my off topic, self-indulgent commentary who has endured the loss of our beloved fur/feathered/finned babies.

    • TampaZeke

      So sad to hear of your terrible week and especially about your beloved puppy. I’m holding you with compassion in my consciousness my Tampa brother.

      • TampaDink

        XOXO Thank you, Zeke.

    • SFBruce

      I’m so very sorry. Dogs love us so unconditionally; yours was lucky to have you to make that tough, loving and impossible decision. I’ve lost several beloved pets over the years, but the one that’s on my mind right now, is a cat my partner and I had for the last 3 years of his 22 years. He had belonged to my partner’s ex who passed away, and we were lucky enough to have him until he died. I still remember taking him to the vet that last time, wrapped in a towel. As I held him I knew full well it would be the last time, and I wanted to remember how he felt in my arms. While that memory remains vivid, what’s even more vivid and a great comfort are the 3 good years he gave us. Reaching that is place is my hope for you tonight.

      • TampaDink

        That unconditional love makes what we are feeling now, well worth it, in the bigger picture. The beautiful but so sad story of your late kitty has such resonance….because we are also of the age of our tribe who saw so much premature death & the fallout from each of those losses. Again, I thank you…and I already know that our hearts will heal and eventually some other wonderful pup will wander into our lives.

    • Mb

      Wow, what a rough time. My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your furry child.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you, Mb.

    • Snarkaholic

      I’m so sorry.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. We are so sorry too. Even though we know that we did right by our pup, it is so hard to wrap my brain around everything that has happened in the last 48 hours.

    • netxtown

      oh damn. My heart knows the loss of a beloved dog. Doing the right thing doesn’t stem that feeling of loss. Heal sweetly.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you so much. Every single expression of support here means so much…and does not come as a surprise. The quality of people who are drawn to Joe’s incredible blog are amazingly wonderful.

    • Todd Allis

      Even though it’s the right thing to do, it’s never easy. Hugs.

      • TampaDink

        I know that you are right….and I appreciate your hugs as well as all of the other amazing & compassionate followers of Joe’s.

    • ScottSinEC

      Sorry to hear of this, hugs and more hugs.

      • TampaDink

        Thanks, Scott.

    • Ander

      Oh golly, I’m so sorry. I understand how hard that is.

      • TampaDink

        No matter how many times we’ve endured this gut wrenching decision, the reality is always horrible. Thank you for your post.

    • Grumpy Old Man

      I am so sorry!

      • TampaDink

        Thank you.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      Hugs to you both. Its brutal, but the ultimate honor and love to prevent your dog from further suffering. The years of love he gave you will never go away. Hugs.

      https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm

      • TampaDink

        Thanks for the hugs. It is times like these when I miss believing in an afterlife.

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          My version of heaven would would be filled with puppies.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      I know that’s really difficult to do. My condolences to you both.

      • TampaDink

        Deeply appreciated.

    • JackFknTwist

      Very very sad…….my sympathies.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you.

    • Butch

      I’m so sorry – we lost our big guy last spring and I’m still not over it. They are such a huge part of your life.

      • TampaDink

        I don’t know if we ever get over any loss of life. For me, time allows us to get used to the absence.

    • Chris Gardner

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Our pets can be just as dear to us as human children.

      • TampaDink

        True….and for us, our pups have always been the equivalent of children.

    • Keroleen

      I’m so sorry on both counts. To lose a great pet like that in such a sudden manner is heartbreaking. I’m sure your potential buyer behaving in such a jerktastic manner isn’t making things any better either. Have a ::hug:: in the hopes it’ll help a little.

      • TampaDink

        Thank you. Hugs always help.

    • david fairfield

      So sorry. xoxo

    • BudClark

      HUGS!

      Bud

    • fuow

      My deepest regrets and profound sympathy for your loss. Thank you for taking care of him and not letting him suffer.

    • Donni D.

      You are clearly surrounded by a lot of love here. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • This is coming in half the states and once Kennedy retires and is replaced it could be nationwide. Fuck everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary last November. Elections have consequences.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, all those purity bots who couldn’t vote for Hillary, let me clue you in on something.
      Medicare for all etc. won’t do jack shit in regards to discrimination like this.

  • Steve Morrison

    BOYCOTT

  • netxtown

    Usually there isn’t that much hate in among cajuns.

    I wonder where he got it ?

    (From Wikipedia)

    Background: Landry’s mother is a religion school teacher at Trinity Catholic School in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish.

    • djcoastermark

      That does explain one heck of a lot. Wonder what else is in the family tree ?

    • Girlgoon

      Surely someone threw some dark money around. There can’t be that many wealthy individuals that give a shit about that state so the list should be short and easy.

      Or maybe this is his loyalty test to join the ranks of the GOP house or Senate races with backing from evil-gelicals.

    • I grew up in the next Parish over, Lafayette. Yea, it’s religious crazy, 100%.
      Maybe not 100%, but you get the red idea.

      • netxtown

        Spent all of Jr High in Abbeville.

  • Girlgoon

    In his statement the AG didn’t make any mention of religion or civil rights instead using an inversely appropriate analogy in reference to a king.

    I’m boiling angry and ready for civil disobedience !!

  • Eric Lewis

    Time to hit them where it hurts …. full on financial boycotts.

    • John Ruff

      I am happy to say after one visit to LA I never felt a need to return

  • Girlgoon

    How have you and the people of your state been injured by LGBT people mr. Attorney General and why do you feel the need to legislate our rights as human beings away ?!

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      I don’t think “legislate” is the right verb to use in this context. Thank you.

      • Girlgoon

        Perhaps you know the right verbiage to use. I don’t know and could use your enlightenment having never received a proper education.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          I would say litigate – fighting in court. Thank you.

    • David Walker

      Frankly, I’m surprised there’s talk of appeal. Louisiana probably doesn’t include sexual orientation in its list of classes of people one cannot discriminate against. So, since the Deplorables need someone to hate and we’re not in a protected class, instant us. God created us so they could feel better.

  • David Walker

    OT: I haven’t listened to music on radio in eons and haven’t the faintiest foggiest idea how iTunes or downloading or any of that works. As a choral director, I’m on the “notification of new chorals” from a couple of publishers, and this one came in today. At first I thought it was going to be a “relevant” re-do of Petula Clark’s hit. Then I listened to it and I was totally unprepared. Good god. The lyrics, the song itself just blew what’s left of my mind. So I decided to search the original. Sweet Jeebus. I wonder if Harry needs a granddaddy? But it, too, is just jaw dropping. I post both in case there are other old farts looking at JMG in despair.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djiyw8r5k9E
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN4ooNx77u0

    • SoCalGal20

      Yes, that’s from Harry’s first solo album that he released earlier this year. I love it! (He also made his quite good movie acting debut in Dunkirk btw).

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I’m guessing he has very good management and good instincts. Doing a supporting role in a high quality movie instead of a lead of a mediocre movie was a good move.

    • Jeffrey

      He’s not just another very pretty face. He’s really quite talented. Damn.

  • BeaverTales

    Will he continue to decline to prosecute Xtians who violate the Johnson Amendment? or does he only enforce laws that violate the First Amendment rights of LGBTQ folk?

    • David Walker

      I think it’s safe to bet on Part 2.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Wow, the “Popadopa-who?” memes are all over the damn place.

    Some right-wing sites are referring to him as, former-intern.

    HA! The minimizing efforts have begun….along with their distancing from Donnie.

  • zherazhera

    Bloody hell. Fucking GOPhers!

  • Ninja0980

    Keep in mind this asshole has a gay brother, which once again is one of the many reasons I will NEVER wish an LGBT relative on a bigoted person.
    It often won’t change a damn thing.

    • djcoastermark

      Now knowing he has a gay brother makes this all the more disgusting, proving again that blood isn’t thicker than bigotry.

      • fuzzybits

        Sickening.

    • John Ruff

      My cousin doesn’t believe my husband and I deserve to be married. He’s been disowned.

      • Ninja0980

        As has one of my cousins and aunt and uncle.

        • John Ruff

          Their loss

      • fuzzybits

        Deserve? Baby, you and all of us deserve everything we got due to the shit we’ve had to put up with.

        • John Ruff

          I agree

      • JAKvirginia

        You don’t “deserve” but Larry King does? What’s he on now? #8, is it?

        • John Ruff

          Lol!

      • M Jackson

        My Christian republican relatives in East Texas welcomed my partner to our family Thanksgiving about 5 years ago, the first gay relationship in my family to go public. I’m lucky that our allegiance to our beloved late grandmother is more important than any differences we may have. I’m lucky Love was always foremost in my family.

        • John Ruff

          Aw that’s great

    • David Gervais

      I think you mean a bigoted relative on a LGBT person.

      • DN

        Beat me to it =D

    • Ander

      I’m unfailingly courteous to my brother, his wife, their grown children and spouses. All Trump supporters and (in the case of my brother and his wife, at least) opposed to marriage equality. I’m courteous for the sake of my parents, but everything has its limits; they are, for instance, never invited to my home, I do not instigate contact with them, and they have been formally excluded from my will. At the point that our parents are no longer living, they will be excluded from my life entirely. Ironically, this will undoubtedly come as a surprise to them. They just lack the understanding or awareness that I might find their attitudes objectionable or offensive. In fact, when I have expressed my disgust in the past (I no longer bother), they assume the stance of victims, because by expressing my anger, I’m not “respecting their beliefs.” I kid you not.
      Lately, I’ve come to realize the necessity of creating my own family of sorts. It’s not always easy; most male friends my age are partnered or married (I’m single), and I can feel a bit third wheel, sometimes. Nevertheless, it’s a conscious goal of mine. I know, TMI.

      • DN

        Sadly, there’s no need to say, “I kid you not.” Virtually every gay person in America knows you’re being sincere. sigh :/

      • clay

        (You don’t have to form your logical family only out of sibs your own sex and age, though it’s a good way to start.)

        • Ander

          You’re right, of course. While it happens that most of my closest friends are of my age and sex, That is by no means a defining rule. 30 years ago, I had an older friend living in my complex (much older than my parents, come to think of it), who took me under his wing, and introduced me to his group of “gentlemen friends,” all single and partnered gay men in their 60’s and 70’s (although they would never have used the word “gay”). As Harold, inevitably, became frail, I was the one who attended to him. He had a niece somewhere in another city, but I was the one who took him food, drove him to his doctors, kept track of his medications….and I was proud to do so, until he was eventually placed in a nursing home, where I continued to visit him until his death. I understand, as a childless gay man, the value of friends of all ages.

      • madknits

        I have not spoken to my brother in over 10 years, for a wide variety of reasons. i do not regret the decision, but it is not easy. My father died when I was in high school, and there is now no one in my life who knew him, so I have no one with whom to reminisce about him. I have a good many dear and loving friends, and always someplace to go for the holidays. And one’s logical family, as Armistad Maupin puts it, is often more congenial than any blood kin. I hope you are able to pull together a logical family.

        • Ander

          Thank you. Best wishes.

    • DN

      Good for you. A lot of gay folks I know (most, maybe?) believe in being ecumenical with bigoted relatives, and keeping lines of communication open. While I respect that they made that choice, it’s not for me.

      Someone decides they’re superior to me? Gone. Someone closes lines of communication? Gone.

      I’m sure you’ve been told, “well if we don’t keep ourselves present in the minds of those who hate us, we’re never going to change their minds.” OK, fine let’s accept that argument. I’m a busy man, and I don’t have time for that shit. Sorry.

      /rant off

      Glad to see I’m not the only one who says “fuck you too” 🙂

  • Steven B

    Why do people actually go OUT OF THEIR WAY to hate? This is something that did not have to be done. This is something someone spent tax dollars on to make happen. AND this is something that would never have happened a year ago. These people are empowered by Trump and his ilk.

    • djcoastermark

      Why ? Power, dominance, the need to satisfy the urge to hate. Ugly, just ugly reasons.

      • David Walker

        Plus, they can. I doubt that Louisiana mentions us in their anti-discrimination law, so we’re fair game.

    • John Ruff

      Distractions from the shitty condition of their shitty state

    • JAKvirginia

      Because, for whatever reason, they don’t like themselves. Putting others down raises their esteem. It doesn’t really, but they believe it does.

      • Steven B

        That makes the most sense of anything else I’ve heard.

  • KnownDonorDad

    We do not live under a King in Louisiana…

    And you’re not a theocracy, either.

  • j.martindale

    I was raised a Catholic, and have long since left that church. But my take-away from that religion was that the best thing people could do was to treat others as they would want to be treated. Can these people actually convince themselves that that is occurring here?

    • clay

      They have done precisely that: “If I were gay, I’d want my friends and neighbors to do everything they could to get me to change.”

  • Hank

    Why would ANYONE, want to allow discrimination against ANYONE is beyond my comprehension!!! You do not have to like them, but equal treatment for ALL is what makes a civilized society!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/484bdea030c6d80055a31ced85d3b14a694e8911365592378a0b0f46a79a4cf3.jpg

    • clay

      Because too many believe civilization is a threat to their lifestyle.

  • ultragreen

    Take the matter to the Federal courts, where the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution was used as a justification for marriage equality. The state courts in Louisiana are not allowed to remove any of the rights that are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    You cannot protect the LGBT workers or you WILL NOT protect them. There is quite a difference and I have a feeling I know where you stand. What if those employees were black or Jewish? Stop making excuses and get back to work.

  • marshlc

    I would just like to apologize on behalf of my fellow straight people. This kind of shit is unforgivable, and we’ll understand if you just don’t want to have anything to do with us anymore. If there were something I could do to stop it, I would.

    And it just goes on, and on, and on.

    • Steve Teeter

      Thank you. This Louisiana resident appreciates that.

    • clay

      If there were something I could do to stop it, I would.

      Because you, and a majority of the rest of straight people in the US, disagree with Landry, there IS something you can do to stop it. Work to overcome gerrymandering so that the majority can actually have the power by 2025.

  • Ginger Snap

    And one by one all our hard won rights will be taken away.

    • David Gervais

      The US Constitution is very strong; ultimately the courts will decide in favour of equality.

      Remember, you are dealing with a Republican appointed judiciary. They always do what is right, after they have tried everything else.

      • (((GC)))

        I hope you’re right.

      • Strepsi

        Not if they get another constitutional “originalist” on the Supreme Court, then they’ll remove our rights AND the Civil Rights Act.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Further confirming my opinion that Louisiana is by far the worst state I have ever lived in. It’s not as bad as Mississippi, but it’s right there with it.

    • Helen Damnation™

      Never Mississippi, but I have lived (briefly) in Alabama and my home state of Louisiana. At least we have New Orleans, neither Alabama nor Mississippi has anything comparable. I had a, let’s say, brief interaction with Birmingham’s finest. I paid my fine and got the hell out of there. There is a reason why Jeff Sessions and Roy Moore are from Alabama, and it doesn’t spell ‘welcome’.

  • TampaZeke

    It’s 2017 and the GOP’s war on LGBT people and our families continues like it’s 1957.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Which is why being polite or merely protesting is no longer an option.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The 2nd amendment, not just for crazy reich wingers anymore…just sayin’

  • fuow

    Until we on the left figure out how to work together despite our differences, the mother-fucking christers are going to attack and attack and attack.
    Because they are winning.
    Our purity tests and disengagement did this to us.

  • Kevin Andrews
  • Hue-Man

    Coincidentally, this made the news today:

    A gay First Nations man who was turned down for a job at an autobody shop east of Edmonton [Alberta] has been awarded $56,000 in damages and lost wages by a human rights tribunal.

    The facts, including this quote, are interesting, particularly when you can tell whose testimony the Commission chair believed. BTW, his husband is an RCMP staff sergeant!

    Landry testified that Hayduk spent an estimated 80 per cent of that time discussing religion, marriage, race, sexual orientation and other matters unrelated to the job.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/3837966/tribunal-rules-in-favour-of-gay-indigenous-man-rejected-for-alberta-auto-shop-job/
    I looked up the annual report of the Alberta HR Commission for 2015-16. 38 cases (2%) were based on claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation. Employment practices accounted for 83% of all cases opened in that period. (page 13 at link below)
    https://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/Documents/AHRC%20Annual%20Report%2015_16%20web%20FINAL.pdf

  • JCF

    “The case will almost certainly be taken to the Louisiana Supreme Court for consideration.”

    Consider carefully, LA SCOTUS, the ramifications of the law.

    And also a boycott of LA.

    • Helen Damnation™

      LA SCOTUS is somehow not known for their progressive ideology, but you didn’t hear that from me.

    • SDG

      I make it easy, I boycott ALL of the USA!

  • Larry Gutter

    SAD…VERY SAD!!

  • Helen Damnation™

    Louisiana needs to drain its own swamp, starting with this hateful, evil bigot known as Jeff Landry. We will get him, like we did with “Diaper Dave” Vitter. Another bigot who will always be on the wrong side of history, probably a self-loathing closet-case, him.

  • Attorney General Jeff Landry has a long history of fighting against any and all legislation that gives equal rights and treatment to LGBTQ Louisianians. He and his family are so virulent in this pursuit, they have shunned Landry’s brother, Nicholas. To his credit, Nicholas Landry has come out against this stance, all the while refraining from derogatory comments on his brother or family. To many of us, it seems the wrong Landry was installed.

  • Steve Alcock

    nothing spells democracy like state sanctioned discrimination……and the u.s still wants to wave that flag and yet the whole all men are created equal thing has been tossed out like last weeks fish…..shameful….and history will not be kind to this endless bullpuckie

  • Richard B

    Jeff Landry is in cahoots with the Louisiana Family Association and with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council . Landry is an anti LGBTQ bigot and must be marginalized quickly. Landry is dreaming of becoming Louisiana’s next governor and the voters of the state must make sure is removed from office ASAP.