BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 30 state lawmakers are asking Louisiana's attorney general for an opinion on whether an April anti-discrimination order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards is constitutional.

Edwards' order bans discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State contracts will be required to include a similar provision, except those contractors that are religious organizations.

Thirty-two Republican House members sent a letter Friday to GOP Attorney General Jeff Landry asking for a legal opinion about a dozen different questions, saying the Democratic governor's order "raises troubling legal and practical questions."

Edwards and Landry have clashed over several issues since both took office in January.

An attorney general's opinion does not carry the force of law. But it could be used to lay the groundwork for a lawsuit.


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