Gov. Edwards files appeal after judge ruled against him on LGBT rights order

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The battle over an executive order by Gov. John Bel Edwards aimed at protecting LGBT rights is heading back to court.

Edwards filed an appeal Monday saying Judge Todd Hernandez made a mistake in ruling that the governor overstepped his legal authority when he issued the order.

At the core of the executive order, the measure was meant to protect employees from being fired or discriminated against based solely on their sexual preference, but Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry believes the law seeks to create a new class of people that is not included in state law.

He said the governor simply does not have that kind of power.


Hernandez ruled in favor of Landry in December. He called the move by Edwards unconstitutional.

In April, the governor signed an executive order aimed at preventing the state from discriminating against members of the LGBT community. As a result, most state contracts include an anti-discrimination clause.

Edwards then filed a lawsuit against Landry for blocking state contracts with outside lawyers because he objected to those LGBT protections.

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