|Blistering editorial here|
The governor whose executive order Brownback just rescinded isn't happy about it either. From the Kansas City Business Journal:
Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius decried her successor's rescinding of employment protection for lesbian, gay and transgender state employees, calling it "distressing," the Lawrence Journal-World reports.From the Topeka Capitol-Journal:
Speaking Thursday evening at the Dole Institute in Lawrence, Sebelius said she had "no idea what problem he was trying to solve" in striking down an order she signed in 2007.
To Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, removing the protection not only threatens some employees’ livelihoods, but insults them and their work for the state.
“(Brownback) told every one of them that is L, G, B or T, ‘I don’t value you,’” he said.
Witt urged the crowd to continue protesting and to support HB 2323, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, spoke during the rally about how Kansas and the United States have expanded equality over time to women, racial minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities.