HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SEEKS LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PUBLIC RECORDS
CONTACT: SarahJane Brady
Phone: (504) 569-9156
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW ORLEANS – In a battle against repeated discriminatory actions against the LGBT community by the state’s chief legal officer, Forum for Equality is demanding that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) reveal all correspondence linking his office to a noted discriminatory group and an anti-equality legislator running for Congress.
Forum for Equality today submitted a public records request as part of the human rights group’s continued effort to monitor Landry’s actions as well as those aligned with his mission, with the intent of insuring that everyone plays by the same rules.
In its records request, the state’s leading LGBT rights group seeks any and/or all correspondence between the attorney general and the Louisiana Family Forum, its director Gene Mills, and State Representative Mike Johnson (R) Bossier City, a candidate for the US House, and any of the other 32 legislators that signed the public request for the Attorney General’s opinion on JBE 16-11.
Since Governor John-Bel Edwards issued his all-inclusive Executive Order forbidding LGBT discrimination in state hiring and contracts, Attorney General Landry and a select few others have seemingly been coordinated in attacking the Executive Order and the entire LGBT community. Most recently, their attacks came in the form of a lawsuit seeking to block enforcement of the Executive Order.
Landry’s sole reason for the lawsuit is the Executive Order’s non-discrimination protection for sexual orientation and gender identity – the very protections that Forum for Equality and its partners were instrumental in securing.
“This is another disgusting action taken by an attorney general who was elected to defend and represent the best interests of our state and all citizens,” said SarahJane Brady, Executive Director of Forum for Equality. “Instead, Landry continues to choose a path of hatred, ignorance and oppression. As we have always done, we will continue the fight for full equality.
“This request is being made to ensure our elected officials, and our community, realize the impact of their actions and know that Forum for Equality will always be here to keep any potential foul play in check.,” added Brady.
Forum for Equality Foundation Chair Sean Sullivan said, “The attorney general’s office is entrenched in a battle of bias and Forum for Equality is ready to prevail in that battle. It is important that the public be made aware of Jeff Landry’s actions and that citizens demand those actions comply with all proper regulations and rules.”