Four Acadiana solons join AG Landry’s anti-LGBT crusade

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s fight against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order protecting LGBT employees in state contracts to private firms has the support of 17 state lawmakers, including four Acadiana reps.

Seventeen state lawmakers, all of them House Republicans, sent a letter recently to Attorney General Jeff Landry applauding the state attorney for blocking state contracts that include anti-discrimination language protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The protections were inserted in state contracts following at executive order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards last spring.

The Oct. 6 letter authored by Rep. Mike Johnson, a Bossier City Republican who is running for Congress and who also serves as an attorney for anti-LGBT initiatives nationwide, commends Landry “for standing by constitutional principals in this sensitive matter. Sixteen of Johnson’s fellow House GOP representatives signed the letter, including four from the Acadiana delegation: Stuart Bishop of Lafayette, Phillip DeVillier of Eunice, Julie Emerson of Carencro and Erath’s Blake Miguez.