Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement regarding his anti-discrimination executive order:

“While I accept the court’s ruling today, I am disappointed in their decision.  That disappointment is only overshadowed by my frustration that the courts believe that discrimination is something we should tolerate in Louisiana.  I, for one, do not think discrimination of any kind has a place in our society, much less the workplace.  More importantly, Louisiana’s diversity is what makes it the greatest state in the union.  Unfortunately, this puts us on the wrong side of history.  As the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court noted in her dissent, this was not ‘some novel exercise of executive power.’ This executive order, as the Chief Justice also notes, ‘mirrors’ executive orders from previous administrations, as well as anti-discrimination policies currently in place at our universities.  Equality for all Louisianans is a right. It is not a political football to be used by politicians, and I intend to continue fighting to make Louisiana more inclusive because at the end of the day, that’s what is best for our state, best for business, and simply the right thing to do.”