Governor’s LGBT rights order thrown out by state judge
BATON ROUGE | An executive order issued by Louisiana’s governor aimed at protecting the rights of LGBT people in state government was thrown out Wednesday by a judge who said the governor exceeded his authority.
State District Judge Todd Hernandez ruled that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ anti-discrimination order is
unconstitutional because it seeks to create or expand state law.
The order prohibited discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision delivered a significant victory to Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, who filed the lawsuit challenging the order.