BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is headed to trial.

The Advocate reports ( ) state District Judge Todd Hernandez refused Wednesday to dismiss the suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Louisiana, the Forum for Equality Foundation and six New Orleans residents.

The executive order prohibits state agencies under Jindal’s control from denying licenses, benefits, contracts or tax deductions in response to actions taken because of someone’s religious belief against same-sex marriage.

Jindal’s lawyer says the gay rights advocates haven’t shown they face harm from the order. An attorney for the plaintiffs says the governor is exceeding the bounds of his authority with the order.

Hernandez’s ruling said the dispute presented is ripe for his consideration.


Information from: The Advocate,