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YOUR TURN: LGBT Lawsuit Rebuttal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

This week’s "Your Turn" goes to Matthew Block, representing Governor John Bel Edwards. Block is offering a rebuttal to our commentary from earlier this week.

It’s true that our state is confronting many real problems including the August - and March - floods, and the budget crisis created by eight years of kicking the can down the road. There are more important issues than disputes with the Attorney General. However, his unprecedented decision to block legal contracts necessary to operate state government cannot stand. The attorney general opposes the governor’s executive order providing protection from employment discrimination. He has that right.  He does not have the right to reject legal contracts that adhere to it. This is choosing partisan politics over the rule of law. The Governor has made every effort to resolve this dispute - and even proposed a compromise that the Attorney General accepted and then backed out of. To get the Attorney General to what the law requires, he said the Governor would have to take him to court. That is exactly what the Governor is doing. This station’s editorial criticized the governor for using tax dollars to hire private lawyers in this dispute. That is not correct. No public funds are being used to hire outside lawyers. This is not a fight that the Governor started, nonetheless, an important one. Governor Edwards is on the right side of history, the right side of the law, and the right side of what’s best for Louisiana.

That was Matthew Block’s turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to YourTurn@wafb.com.

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