Target: Judge Todd Hernandez, Louisiana State Judge
Goal: Overturn ruling that puts LGBTQ state workers in danger of discrimination.
LGBTQ workers will no longer be protected from workplace discrimination based on their sexuality due to a judge who overturned an executive order by Governor John Bel Edwards. The judge claims that the governor overstepped his bounds and exerted his power in a way that infringes on the power of the state legislature.
Although the judge ruled that Edwards overstepped his power, in 2015, then-Governor Bobby Jindal was allowed to issue an executive order that protected employers and others who claimed they discriminated against members of the LGBTQ because of their religious beliefs.
It is not right that one executive order, that seeks to mistreat LGBTQ employees, is allowed to stand while another, that seeks to protect the rights of LGBTQ workers, is overturned and thrown out by a court of law. Sign the petition and demand that the judge overturn his ruling and retry the case.
Dear Judge Hernandez,
You recently threw out Governor John Bel Edwards’s executive order that sought to protect LGBTQ state employees from discrimination. Federal laws protect individuals from discrimination based on gender, sex, age, etc. However, there is no federal law that protects people from discrimination based on their sexuality. Governor Edwards was only trying to account for this lapse and protect citizens of his state.
However, you ruled that he overstepped his bounds. Yet only a year ago, the former governor of the state, Bobby Jindal, was allowed to file an executive order that basically allowed discrimination if it was supported by religious beliefs. Why is this executive order allowed to stand, but one that seeks to protect and grant rights to citizens is not? I ask that you overturn your ruling to better protect the LGBTQ citizens of your state.
[Your Name Here]
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