Louisiana Court Overturns Pro-LGBT Executive Action

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by Max Douglas  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 16, 2016   

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BATON ROUGE (ChurchMilitant.com) - On December 15, a Louisiana court struck down an LGBT executive order that would have put religious organizations and private businesses at risk.

Governor John Bel Edwards ordered Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 to go into effect earlier this year, which would have added lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the non-discrimination category, along with race, gender, religion and political beliefs.

According to Focus on the Family, these non-discrimination laws are in conflict with religious liberties. "When these newly created rights come into conflict with religious liberties, religious freedom often loses. In addition, such non-discrimination laws also threaten the privacy and safety of individuals."

Shockingly, these non-discrimination laws have allowed naked transgender men to go into high school girls' saunas, and some transgenders have also brought lawsuits against Dallas hospitals.

State District Judge Todd Hernandez made his decision based on the governor's violation of separation of powers

Jeff Landry, Attorney General of Louisiana, was the first to request that a judge rule on the constitutionality of the executive order. Following Judge Hernandez's decision, Landry said that it was his duty to uphold "the checks and balances on executive authority as established in our state constitution."

Landry, who is being painted as a bad guy by media, offered an official statement. "After efforts to advance his extreme agenda failed by large bipartisan majorities in the Legislature," it stated, "John Bel Edwards took it upon himself to replace the people's will with his own. Fortunately for the families and businesses in our state, the court ruled today that the governor's executive fiat will not fly in Louisiana."

Both the conservative Landry and the aggressively liberal Edwards have been butting heads ever since Edwards issued the executive order in April. As attorney general, Landry has blocked dozens of legal services contracts that contain the anti-discrimination language.

This recent ruling in Lousiana is expected to receive repercussions from liberal elites. The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, after the coastal state passed a bill requiring individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex. 

 

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