Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state legal contracts that include LGBT protections.

Edwards, a Democrat, issued an executive order earlier this year that requires all state contracts to include language prohibiting discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to The Times-Picayune, Edwards filed the lawsuit after meeting with Landry, a Republican, on the issue.

“He basically told me that if I wanted him to approve those contracts that I would have to sue him,” Edwards told reporters on Friday. “So, I'm obliging him on that.”

At his own press conference, Landry said that he believes that he has the authority to block the contracts because he was “defending the Legislature and their priorities and their wishes,” a reference to lawmakers' repeated failure to approve such protections.

“It's unfortunate that the governor continues to want to push for a protected class that the Legislature has six times – with bipartisan support – rejected,” he said.

The governor's office estimates Landry has blocked around 40 contracts over the language.