Brownback Pulls LGBT Protections for Kansas State Employees

Sam Brownback is every bit as much of an anti-gay bigot as governor of Kansas as he was when he was a U.S. Senator, it seems. He has issued an executive order withdrawing discrimination protection for LGBT state employees. He announced it with this statement:

“This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did,” Governor Brownback said. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action. The order also reaffirms our commitment to hiring, mentoring and recognizing veterans and individuals with disabilities.”

A weak attempt to make it sound as though he’s acting on principle when he’s really just trying to harm gay people on the grounds that his barbaric God doesn’t like them. And it’s a rather obvious lie. LGBT people don’t have “the same civil rights as all Kansans” because they can be fired or denied service by a business merely for who they are.

As a Christian, Brownback can’t be fired from a job due to his religion. A business can’t refuse to serve someone because they’re black. They can’t be denied the right to rent a house because they’re too old, or Muslim, or even atheist. But if they’re gay, they have none of those protections.

There was a tiny little protection just for gay employees of the state. It prevented the government from engaging in discrimination. And Brownback just rescinded that and is telling gay people, “We can fire you just for being gay. And then he pretends that his position is a principled one.

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  • Mr Ed

    “This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did,” Governor Brownback said.

    Brownback then added, “In Kansas a call to emergency services will result in police and fire fighters going to each residence in order instead of going directly to the residence of the caller to avoid creating a ‘protected class’ of people having an emergency.”

    Its only fair why should an ambulance paid for by everyone only help you.

  • Sastra

    Question: is it legal to fire, refuse to hire, sell, or rent to someone solely because of their political party?

  • Modusoperandi

    Small Government isn’t big enough to protect The Gays. Oddly, it’s plenty big enough to protect Conservative and Reactionary Christians.

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Sam Brownshirt, indeed.

  • theguy

    As if Brownback’s budget hasn’t screwed over enough people already.

  • raven

    To be fair, Brownback doesn’t just hate gay people. He also hates education, children, and college students among others.

    Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget …

    www .npr. org/…/2015/…/kansas-will-cut-education-funding-to-help-clo…

    Kansas Will Cut Education Funding To Help Close Budget Gap. February 06, 201510:25 AM ET. Scott Neuman · Twitter. Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State …

    Kansas revenues will fall $1 billion short of 2015 and 2016 …


    Nov 10, 2014 – “We will do what we need to do to come up with a proposal that aligns the structural (budget) deficit, curtails state spending and protects core …

    Brownback’s magic trick of supply side economics didn’t work.

    Kansas is looking at a $1 billion budget shortfall, after he cut taxes. So they will take it out of education. FWIW, in most states education is half the budget.

    Despite the Brownback disaster, he got reelected anyway. Evidently a majority of Kansans don’t like gay people, children, public schools, or colleges either. The rest are leaving. Or some of them anyway. More people left Kansas last year than moved there.

  • raven

    This is baffling.

    The War on Public Schools and Children has proved quite successful.

    The magic is real crowd, Brownback, Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and Jindal in Louisiana, have all beat up the public schools using the failure of supply side economics and ballooning deficits*. And got reelected for it.

    It really doesn’t save parents with children money. If the schools get bad enough, those who can send their kids to private schools at $10,00/child per year. Two kids is a cool $20,000 per year. So you save a little on state taxes and spend big bucks on private schools.

    I don’t see this as good for the future of the USA. A generation of undereducated children trying to keep a Hi Tech complicated society going. It’s more a recipe for joining the Third World.

  • raven

    Brownback, Jindal, and Walker have all used the same magic formula. (St. Reagan invented this. It didn’t work for him either.)

    1. Cut taxes, mostly on the rich. Claim magic works and they will pay for themselves.

    2. Deficits go up. The magic failed.

    3. Cut the state budget. End of problem.

    Of course, end of public education, the universites, the social safety net, and the road system as well.

  • Gretchen

    Sam Brownshirt, indeed.

    People say Sam’s a callous bastard, but no sir! Why, he’d give you the brownshirt off his back!

  • hackworth

    And then he pretends that his position is a principled one.

    His position is principled, the problem is that his principles appear to be based on being an ass.

  • abb3w

    @2, Sastra

    Question: is it legal to fire, refuse to hire, sell, or rent to someone solely because of their political party?

    Some states have some protections; state agencies have restrictions that don’t apply to private employeres; some union contracts include protections; and if it’s specifically over how they voted, you might be in big trouble over 18 USC § 594 and/or 42 USC § 1971. (I would argue that firing someone over political party should be considered such an unlawful threat, but so far as I know that’s never been tested in court.) But generally speaking, it looks to my non-lawyer’s eyes like the answer is yes.

    There looks to be a paper on the subject here.

  • rationalinks

    Actually, his actions have started to awaken a lot of folks here in Kansas. It’s not getting much media attention, but there is currently a petition going around to have Brownstain recalled. It required 10,000 signatures, which it got in 1 day. I think the more moderate repubs are realizing they made a huge mistake in backing this ass clown.

  • fifthdentist

    Moderate Republicans, at least some of them, were backing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the recent election.

    Which is handy. It gives the teabaggers a list of Republican lawmakers to “primary” in the next election cycle.

    Because, Cthulhu knows, Kansas needs an even larger number of Christo-fascist goobers in its legislature.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Land of the free. Home of the brave.

  • dailydouq

    SInce they’re losing anyway I think a lot of politicians are flogging LGBT as a way to distract people from the real disasters they’re causing, like school funding in Kansas. Despite some of the images of Kansas, the locals, even conservatives, like good school and especially good roads. More and more Repugs are critical of the Kochistan governor because he constantly demonstrates how he’s a lapdog for just two guys in Wichita. SO, pull a switch-a-roo, get the progressive side roiled up about this and the conservative side in love with it and they’ll not notice the hand in their pocket stealing their money and services. After the SCOTUS decision Repugs are going to flog this more and more – as in Alabama, they’ve lost the issue, but that just makes it easier to use it as a smokescreen.

  • chilidog99

    Brownback is recall proof. Any real petition would have to be approved by Kris Kobach, who is evan bigger asshole than Brownback.

  • dan4

    There’s also the peculiarity of the fact that it took Brownback FOUR years to rescind the EO in question (i.e. it was signed by Sebelius in ’07, and Brownback has been in office since January 2011).

  • magistramarla

    Jon Stewart skewered Brownback for this on his show and suggested that the same sort of thing should be done with his name as was done with Santorum. I think that we should all publicize this idea so that it goes viral.

  • The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

    Driftglass has some suggestions.

  • The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

    Oops–I mean The Rude Pundit of course. My only excuse is that I have their bookmarks right together.