As expected, Governor Edwards continues to fight against discrimination.
- April 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issues an executive order (JBE 16-11). It bans discrimination by Louisiana agencies, departments, and contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Attorney General Jeff Landry objects and sends the case to the court.
- December 2016, the judge blocks the order. The governor appeals.
- November 2017, the Court of Appeals finds the order unconstitutional. Judges believe that a governor cannot pass a law without a vote of the lawmakers.
- December 2017, Governor Edward appealed this decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
It remains to be seen if it agrees to hear the case.
Edwards' lawyers have stipulated that the executive order is not a law but an executive branch policy that Edwards has the authority to set:
“JBE 16-11 is simply a policy directive concerning state employment in the executive branch and the contractual provisions of state service […] It does not have the effect or force of law. It establishes a principle significant to Governor Edwards—that discrimination is not a Louisiana value—through a valid mechanism for issuing executive branch directives.”