If Edwards does, it could head to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
John Bel Edwards is considering his next step now that a state appeal court has ruled against his executive order banning discrimination in government employment and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Republican state Attorney General Jeff Landry had challenged Edwards' executive order.
"Having found the governor's executive order invalid, we conclude that the district court did not err in permanently enjoining the mandatory adoption of the executive order", the order says. The case was before a three-judge panel consisting of Higginbotham, Judge Guy Holdridge and Judge Allison Hopkins Penzato.
Edwards' order prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among state agencies and contractors doing business with the state. Religious organizations are exempt.
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In a statement after the decision, Edwards said his office "will thoroughly review the ruling before determining our next steps".
"I have said repeatedly that discrimination is not a Louisiana value, and this decision does not change my conviction that hiring decisions in state government should be based on merit alone", Edwards said. Thus, we agree with the district court that the Governor's Executive Order constituted an unconstitutional interference with the authority vested exclusively in the legislative branch of our state government by expanding the protections that now exist in anti-discrimination laws rather than directing faithful execution of the existing anti-discrimination laws of this state. Even President Trump agrees, as he has kept in place a federal executive order which is virtually identical to the order I put in place.
"We have stated all along that the governor must follow the law, just like everybody else", said Landry in a statement Wednesday.
No state law in Louisiana protects LGBT people from discrimination in Louisiana. "This dispute was always about separation of powers and executive overreach", said Solicitor General Elizabeth Murrill.
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