Governor taking state attorney general to court

Governor taking state attorney general to court

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Gov. John Bel Edwards is taking State Attorney General Jeff Landry to court.

The governor wants his executive order enforced. It requires language in nearly all state contracts that bans discrimination against the LGBT community. But Landry has refused to approve some contracts for outside legal work because of that anti-discrimination clause.

"To tell people they can only have a contract with the state if they're free to discriminate than that just doesn't make sense to me. I am the third governor to have an executive order in place along the lines of what is in question here and I don't believe that the attorney general is in a position legal or otherwise to refuse to approve these contracts," said Edwards.

Now, the governor is suing Landry over the issue.

"Because him and I have not been able to come to an agreement on that because he does not want to conform to the wishes of the legislature. I want to abide by the law," said Landry. "We had, just this session, a bill in front of the legislature that would have carved out a protection for LGBT, that legislation was rejected in a bipartisan fashion."

Lester Perryman, with the LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign, believes Landry is overstepping the boundaries of his office.

"You've got one person who is actually governor and you have another person who I think is, he thinks he is Governor, and, you know, we don't understand why the Attorney General is acting in such a mean spirited way towards the LGBTQ community," said Perryman.

FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman also weighed in.

"So, this is a classic battle between separation of powers and what are Louisiana values, it's the Attorney General and the Governor fighting over who's got the power to authorize contracts and what are Louisiana values that we want in those contracts," said Sherman.

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