Louisiana asks the Supreme Court to limit LGBT protections

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 11:29 AM CDT
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Louisiana is one of 16 states asking the Supreme Court to limit LGBT protections.

A brief filed Friday asks the court to rule that it is legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination laws. They argue the ban on sex discrimination in the civil rights act doesn't extend to the LGBT community.

Opponents call the filing a political attack on the humanity of transgender people. They also say the attorney generals who have signed it are acting in a state of ignorance.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office says they were not consulted before the attorney general made this decision and they're in the process of reviewing it.

KNOE asked Attorney General Jeff Landry's office for comment on Monday. We were sent this response:

“We joined several states in urging the Supreme Court to correct the 6th Circuit’s error in expanding the meaning of “sex” under Title VII. When Congress enacted Title VII, virtually every dictionary definition of ‘sex’ referred to physiological distinctions between females and males, particularly with respect to their reproductive function. The 6th Circuit, however, took it upon itself to re-write the law to its own liking. This is not the proper role of the courts, and we urge the Supreme Court to reverse this ruling and reaffirm the proper balance of power among the branches of government. Our Office has consistently argued – at the state and federal level – that law-making is a core function committed to the legislative branch, not the judicial or executive.”

Also joining in the brief are the states of Nebraska, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming, Kentucky, Maine, and Mississippi.