Louisiana Great Gay Battle of 2016

Here’s something going in Louisiana that not many know about, but I think is important because it concerns the legislative process AND points out liberal hypocrisy.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has been doing everything legally possible to put a ban on LGBT discrimination in the workplace. As far as I know, there aren’t any recorded instances of LGBT discrimination in Louisiana recently, but the argument is that since we already ban discrimination on gender and religious identity, why not go for it.

Here’s the thing, though. This issue has come up in Louisiana’s House every year, and every year it gets voted down. Like it or not, the House has spoken. So Edwards decided to circumvent that process by creating state contracts that have LGBT anti-discrimination measure in them. It wasn’t voted on, he just did it.

But before he can send those contracts out, it has to go before the desk of Attorney General Jeff Landry. Landry is by far the most activist attorney general Louisiana has ever had, especially since he came in at the same time as Edwards.

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As you’d expect, Landry says he’s not going to sign the contracts and Edwards (a trial lawyer by trade, btw) takes him to court. After a trial in October, the judge sides with Landry that LGBT isn’t a special class in state law because the House keeps voting it down.

Louisiana liberals are going crazy calling Landry a homophobic bigot because he wants gays to get discriminated. Except he doesn’t. Landry has said from the beginning that this was about the governor decided to make his own legislation. And he’s technically right.

Of course nobody wants LGBT people to be discriminated in the state, but if you’re going to provide for that in Louisiana law you need to do it correctly. Edwards didn’t.

As some have pointed out, this is all really just a precursor to a much larger fight. Edwards is looking to sue oil and gas companies, aka the lifeblood of Louisiana, for coastal erosion problems. Most GOP leaders disagree with that because, you know, you don’t want to piss off the only industry in the state that decides whether you’re in a recession or not.

So if Edwards wants to go ahead with that contract, it looks like he’ll need the help of the attorney general to do it. And if this LGBT thing is an indication, that won’t end well.

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