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