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Louisiana Attorney General Who Fought for Anti-LGBT Court Ruling Talks About Gay Brother

Attorney General Jeff Landry
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“I love my brother. That’s unquestionable. But look, we have to respect the law.”

In a local news interview, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was asked how a court ruling striking down protections for LGBT state workers could affect his own brother, who is openly gay.

"I love my brother," he said in the interview with WGNO. "That's unquestionable. But look, we have to respect the law."

Landry had been in a months-long stalemate with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards after Edwards included protections against LGBT discrimination in state contracts. Landry fought the order, refusing to renew hundreds of state contracts until the courts ruled.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled in Landry's favor, although Edwards hopes to appeal.

As for Landry's brother, Nicholas Landry posted a video in November talking about his own struggles with coming out, moving back to Louisiana, and reconnecting with his family.

Nicholas Landry called his coming out a "hard journey" and that he "moved back to be closer to my family, and unfortunately, my family has drawn a line in the sand."

He refers to his brother in passing at some points. "You may not have an attorney general for a brother, but I want you to know that I stand with you."

Nicholas Landry also talks about his hopes to marry and adopt--to start a family of his own someday.

"All those [LGBT] people that God has put in my family have been more family--and more like Jesus Christ to me --to me than my family has at times."

Watch Jeff Landry's interview below, then watch his brother's video.

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