Attorney general's brother takes a stand on LGBT equality

Attorney General Landry Brother breaks silence for LGBT rights
Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 9:42 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The fight between the governor and the Louisiana Attorney General over a LGBT anti-discrimination order will go before a judge later this month. Now, the attorney general's gay brother is taking a stand.

On the website,, you'll find a video from Nicholas Landry.

In it he says, "I can't remain silent any longer because although I'm not political, I am a human being and I just want my rights, my inalienable rights. So those of you out there who are worried, or who are in the same position as me, and you may not have an attorney general for a brother, but I want you to know I stand with you guys."

Nicholas Landry says he's gay and also the brother of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

"All that really matters is that I'm gay and I'm from a small town with a very Catholic family and I'm Catholic and it's been a really hard journey to be a person of faith and also openly gay," said Landry. "Now, that I'm standing on my own, I know that I may lose my family after this, but I can't sit silent anymore for me and for so many people out there who just want the right to love someone."

Even though Nicholas Landry said he's taking a stand against his brother's fight against gay marriage, the Louisiana attorney general and the governor are actually in a court battle over anti-discrimination language in state contracts.

The Governor issued an executive order saying nearly all state contracts must include that language, but Landry has refused to sign those contracts, saying the governor doesn't have the authority to issue the order.

Back in September, they spoke about the issue.

"As the governor of the state, I believe I get to decide some things that he has issues with, but it is not his place in the architecture of our government, the framework of our government, to replace my priorities with his own," said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

"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 bi-partisan fashion," said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

We reached out to the Attorney General's office and Nicholas Landry about this story, but they have not returned our request for comment. The governor's office it won't have any comment on the video.

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