Target: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Goal: Tell Governor Brownback not to allow Kansas to discriminate against LGBT employees.
In 2007, then governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius issued an executive order that protected LGBT employees from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. Recently, Republican Governor Sam Brownbeck decided to rescind that order, leaving LGBT state employees without the protection of anti-discrimination laws. Without these protections, the state can fire LGBT employees or deny employment to LGBT people based on the bias of whomever is doing the hiring. Demand that this order be reinstated immediately to protect the rights of all Kansans, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Brownback had the audacity to claim that his new order gives all Kansans the same rights, but what he did was strip rights away from some Kansans. Making it legal to fire someone simply because they are gay does not make anyone equal.
Brownback’s action comes after four years as governor, and it’s not only vile by itself, but it’s a flagrant political tool: He’s using it to draw attention away from the state’s economic problems. It’s a selfish, spiteful action that takes advantage of a community that has to struggle daily to be treated like everyone else, just so Governor Brownback can try to take the heat off himself.
By signing the petition below, you’ll be telling Governor Brownback to reverse course, drop his divisive, hate-filled policy and do what’s right for Kansas and its people.
Dear Governor Sam Brownback,
I am writing to urge you to reverse your executive order stripping LGBT state employees of their anti-discrimination protections. LGBT state employees are an important part of the Kansas state government. They are loyal and hardworking Kansans who deserve to be protected from discrimination as much as anyone else.
But your order does them, and the state, a great disservice. By rescinding former governor Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order, you are denying LGBT Kansans their rights, not making them equal. LGBT people in the state government were not a “protected class.” They were not granted any kind of rights and privileges denied to people outside of the LGBT community, but needed this executive order just to be treated fairly. Otherwise, state employees could be fired simply for being gay or transgendered, and that is in no way fair.
Please rescind your executive order immediately. If you are actually worried about Kansans being equal, you should instead push for a state law that enforces anti-discrimination policies for all Kansans, and includes members of the LGBT community.
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