Family ties

Antigay politician finally, and awkwardly, acknowledges that, yeah, OK, he has a gay younger brother

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Fresh off his success of his months-long crusade to make LGBTQ protections for state employees illegal in Louisiana, antigay Attorney General Jeff Landry is finally addressing that pesky political thorn in his side: his homosexual brother.

For years, Landry has made it his personal mission in life to chip away LGBTQ rights and visibility in the Pelican State. In 2010, he supported a constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. In 2012, he campaigned to rid the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s LGBTQ Studies minor. And just this week, he successfully won a court battle against the state’s Democratic Governor to void existing LGBTQ protections for state employees.

Related: In Louisiana, LGBTQ protections were just declared illegal… Wait, what?!

Throughout his homophobic crusade, Landry has desperately tried to hide the fact that the gay gene runs in his own family out of the headlines. He didn’t want people to know that his younger brother, Nick, is a proud homosexual. But last month, Nick ruined everything when posted an emotional video on YouTube criticizing his older brother.

“I can’t remain silent any longer,” the 34-year-old said, “because although I am not political, I am a human being, and I just want my rights, my unalienable rights.”

Now, in an new interview with local news station WGNO, Landry has finally, and awkwardly, addressed that brother he’d prefer nobody knew about when discussing his recent court win.

Related: This Super Antigay Politician Doesn’t Want Anyone To Know He Has A Liberal Gay Brother

“Your own brother is openly gay,” the interviewer said.

“Yeah,” Landry replied, trying his best to seem at ease with where the interview was going.

“If he were discriminated against in a state job because he’s gay, what would you say?” the interviewed asked.

Landry stumbled over his words at first but eventually replied by saying his brother “has a process by which he can air that grievance [within the workplace]. We all do if we feel we’re being discriminated against.”

He continued: “I love my brother. That’s unquestionable. But I would tell him the same thing. We have to respect the law and we have to respect the Constitution. Both the Constitution and the law give us avenues to address those grievances. Now, we don’t always agree in the way they are addressed, but we have to respect that also.”

Related: Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Implies Gay Parents Are Pedophiles

Apparently Landry hasn’t read the part of the Constitution that says “no state shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Finally, the interviewer brings up the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Landry is quick to point out that he “wasn’t born back then,” but when he’s asked if maybe, just maybe, he’s on the wrong side of history, he replies: “History is determined by the lawmakers.”

Watch the complete interview here. Or don’t.

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31 Comments

  • ChrisK

    When you hear him he sounds about like what you’d expect. The question asked if your brother was discriminated against you don’t say “he has process to air that particular grievance”. You say that’s wrong. What an asshole.

  • batesmotel

    He clearly doesn’t love the brother that much. He should’ve said something like, “No one should be discriminated against in the workplace no matter what. I would side with my brother on this one of course.”

  • Creamsicle

    Is anyone else wondering why a virulent anti-gay Attorney General would be appointed by a Democratic governor?

  • damon459

    @Creamsicle: dude you’re on the internet, how hard would it be to do a google search? Since you’re too lazy I’ll answer your dumb question, in Louisiana the state attorney general is elected not appointed, 43 states elect their attorney generals….

  • ChrisK

    @damon459: I think you could’ve cleared that up without being a complete asshole about it. Duchebag.

  • Marco

    Landry is a rank political opportunist. The law he refers to includes state worker protections by executive order going all the way back, on and off, to 1992. [Jindal rescinded it, Edwards reinstated it]. If Landy’s position on executive orders is correct, surely it wouldn’t have taken all this time to figure that out.

  • Uncle Mark

    @Marco: Thank you for pointing that out. Jeff Landry doesn’t care about the law; he cares about votes and his appearance of piety. The fact that this jeopardizes his brother in the workplace is clearly of little concern to him with his indifferent response, claiming that his brother should use the same judicial machinery that he has. What an uncaring asshole to do that to one’s own sibling.

    Merry Fvcking Christmas, Jeff Landry, you pretend-Christian.

  • fur_hunter

    It is truly sad when a political position and appearance are more important than the love of one’s own brother. It just goes to show you that virtually ALL politicians are self-centered, greedy, conceded @$$holes. And if you think they care about you, the people, you are an imbecilic MORON.

  • James Hart

    @Creamsicle: In LA, attorneys general are elected state-wide on their own. He’s probably going to run against the governor in the next election.

  • tomk1of1

    We have avenues???? Except,this evil man is using his position to MAKES THE LAWS! His response was hypocritical and lazy and makes absolutely no sense.
    If he cares about the rights of people he would not be involved heipling to pass laws that take them away, Further his claim about the constitution is not just weak,it is plain wrong. It is our constitution and its protections that will eventually make his “hard work” to oppress and discriminate against others bogus.
    Which is why everyone out their who didnt vote nfor eds to take some responsibility for who Trump manages to get a seat on the Supreme Court,FOR LIFE!

  • tomk1of1

    @fur_hunter: nearly half the country to,d us over and over that they belives a billionaire who made money on the backs of working people,not only cared for them in some personal way( wacko), but believe that he is going to do something to affect their lives in a personal way.
    As you look at where the USA is on the international list of education,it is right where the republicans want it. An electorate that is superstitious,uneducated and gullible is perfect for these sociopaths.

  • Rimminit

    What he really wanted to say but knows that in this day and age is not of even in Louisiana PC to say “but it’s my brother’s choice to be Day”! I get that from my older homophobic brother a lot.

  • Captain Obvious

    @batesmotel: Siblings can go either way honestly. Some get caught up in imaginary rivalry(aka jealousy) and will do things to their sibling on purpose.

    Doesn’t surprise me that this anti-gay idiot would do things that would harm his own brother’s livelihood.

  • maxdadmark

    @ChrisK: you must be new here. Damon459 is part of a group of condescending assholes who like to bully others. In real life, not so tough.

  • dwes09

    @BriBri: “Not every democrat loves homos, are you that naive?”

    Doubt he is naive, but you clearly ain’t too swift. Not every democrat “loves homos”, as you so charmingly state (and I suspect you probsbly don’t like homos too much yourself, log cabin boy). BUT every democrat understands that the constitution and bill of rights afford even homos life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as equal access and equal treatment. Republicans such as yourself, not so much…even the ones who disingenuously claim to “love homos”.

    Always amused by how clueless you log cabinettes are.
    By the way, now that Trump has appointed nothing but bankers, corrupt lobbyist types, major donors with ties to industry, wall street insiders and so on (including military men to positions ALWAYS given to civilians), how’s that “drain the swamp” lie working out for you and your fellow chumps?

  • Chris

    “I love my brother. That’s unquestionable.” ….. Uh, no you don’t love your brother. If you did love him, you wouldn’t take actions that strike at his rights as a human being. This is isn’t a minor disagreement between siblings ala “Green Bay’s the best” vs. “Green Bay sucks!” Your brother’s basic human rights isn’t one time where can have it both ways.

  • Iowa Rex

    @damon459: @Creamsicle: “43 states elect their attorney generals.”

    I think you mean attorneys general.

  • AJBray

    @dwes09: “BUT every democrat understands that the constitution and bill of rights afford even homos life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as equal access and equal treatment.”

    Oh, but if only that statement was 100% true! *sigh* Don’t get me wrong — you hit the nail on the ol’ party-line head pretty darned squarely, and it *IS* (thankfully) true for about, I’d say 91-96% of ALL Democrats, but it’s that unfortunate margin that makes life hard for people like me. I’m a Human Rights Commissioner in a well-known pocket of New York State that SOUNDS like it would be *very* open-minded, friendly, and happy to move forward, but it’s actually heavily Republican-leaning, anti-women’s rights, slow to progress, and is even fighting me on matters like ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. As for LGBTQ+ equality, I’m fighting tooth and nail, but even the other members of the Democratic Party have been outspoken about their negative feelings toward basic human rights like Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination. I’m sad to say that that at a recent Commissioners’ meeting, with a trainer, I had to explain differences between Gender Orientation, Sexual Orientation, and answer questions about transgender vs. cis-gender issues. (He was VERY good on literally *every* other topic, though…I’m guessing he normally gets to just gloss over that section, which says almost nothing about him, but volumes about the rest of the state’s interest in our well-being, sadly. You tend to forget how to teach what you don’t get asked. *sigh*)

    And it’s clear that at least one of our own “Human Rights” Commissioners is none too fond of our (LGBTQ+) community, plus the city’s Democrats think I’m “too left-wing” because of my novel concepts of preserving a woman’s right to choose, continuing the work to end racial prejudice, preserving my own right to stay married, striving to finally end sexism, gaining full equality for the transgender community, enforcing the ADA for increase independence of persons with disabilities, and helping those in need. I know…I’m just such a zany Democrat! *sarcastic eye-roll* And I do want to thank @fur_hunter for saying that “virtually ALL politicians are…” sucky people. He’s right. But we’re not all bad, and if only for that teensy-weeny omission, I’m grateful. Thank you. :)

    Time to get back to work! :)

  • Kangol

    @ChrisK: I think Creamsicle may have been responding to the fact that the questioner was trying to blame the Democratic governor for GOP voters’ horrible behavior, which was to elect this right-wing creep. @AJBray: Keep up the fight and good work you’re doing!

  • truckeralex

    Are they part of the LANDY’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT CHAIN. Smell a boycott!

  • footwork61

    @damon459: They’re attorneys, not generals: attorneys general, not attorney generals.

  • Todd

    @Creamsicle: The AG is elected in Louisiana, NOT appointed. Gov. Edwards is supportive of LGBT issues. Landry, a tea party idiot, is not.

  • Todd

    @Marco: Actually Edwin Edwards first issued the EO in the early 90’s.

  • abnerbha

    I am not religious because among other things, if there’s a God, then why do bad things happen in world. There are atheists who are against gay/lesbian conduct, so it is possible to not believe in God & be against gay/lesbian agenda, though religious people are more likely to be against gay/lesbian agenda while atheists are more likely to be apologists for gay/lesbian agenda but not always case so don’t assume you know their faith if they didn’t say anything religious, as there are atheists who are against gay/lesbian conduct.

    It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

  • abnerbha

    Siblings can have be different & here we have bros. who are different. Having a brother. who is gay doesn’t mean the others will share his view. With the gay brother, must wonder if he was abused sexually by a gay priest which possibly caused his homosexuality.

    It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

  • radiooutmike

    What a piece of crap.

    That he stumbles and mumbles about what avenues his brother could go through to alleviate his potential discrimination. What cognitive dissonance one must have to deny your own family the same rights that you have.

    I am also not a big fan of this line of thinking, that discrimination is only criminal upon the fact of attributes that you were born with.

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