State of Kansas Archives: on Civil Rights


Roger Marshall: Supported ban on transgender people serving in the military

Q: Support same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights issues?

Roger Marshall: No. Supported ban on transgender people serving in the military because Trump said that his generals supported the ban.

Barbara Bollier: Yes. "I support the people of Kansas. I do not condemn whoever they are."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Kansas Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Barbara Bollier: Pass Equality Act; end ban on trans service members

Barbara has long been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ Kansans in the Legislature because she believes all Kansans should have the same rights. Barbara will:
Source: 2020 Kansas Senate campaign website BollierForKansas.com May 28, 2020

Susan Wagle: Coronavirus church restrictions violate rights

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, who is Catholic, responded to the news of the church-related virus hotspots by removing the religious exemption in her earlier stay-at-home order. Wagle, a Catholic, criticized Kelly's order as "a violation of their constitutional rights to have the government tell them that they cannot participate in a church service."
Source: Baptist Church Word and Way on 2020 Kansas Senate race Apr 28, 2020

Barbara Bollier: Validate transgender identity

Bollier switched party from Republican to Democrat. In February, the state party adopted a resolution opposing efforts to validate transgender identity. The resolution was controversial at the time, and in June the Republican party inserted language into its platform that says: "We believe God created two genders, male and female."

"That was my final, last straw. I support the people of Kansas. I do not condemn whoever they are," Bollier said.

Source: Wichita Eagle on 2020 Kansas Senate race Dec 12, 2018

Barbara Bollier: Left GOP over anti-transgender language in party platform

Bollier told the Shawnee Mission Post that she's had "frustrations that have been ongoing for nine years" before she ultimately made the decision to leave the GOP over the inclusion of anti-transgender language in the party's platform. "Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides," Bollier said. "I'm looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools."
Source: Heavy.com on 2020 Kansas Senate race Dec 1, 2018

Jeff Colyer: No commitment to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination

The headline of a recent editorial in The Star asked a fair question: "Why won't Gov. Jeff Colyer commit to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination?" The answer seems very clear: If the governor made such a commitment today--to issue an executive order to protect LGBT state workers from discrimination--he might as well withdraw from the Republican primary race for Kansas governor. That's because with a promise like that, he would virtually be handing over the nomination to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose overall appeal to conservatives makes him the frontrunner. Kobach has stated unequivocally he will do nothing to protect the rights of LGBT workers and said it is up to the Legislature to pass laws if needed.

Although the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law does prohibit discrimination against same-sex partners and does not allow for sexual harassment, federal civil rights law doesn't apply to sexual orientation or gender identity. That void becomes a state issue.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2018

Jeff Colyer: No executive order banning LGBT worker discrimination

Gov. Jeff Colyer appeared to contend that Kansas law contained the same prohibitions against discrimination of LGBT state employees as an executive order that was repealed by his predecessor, Sam Brownback. He is mostly wrong.

Asked if he is unwilling to put his position into an executive order, Colyer said: "It is the policy, it is the law of Kansas. We will not be dealing with these things."

Kansas has no law prohibiting employer discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Asked to clarify Colyer's remarks, a spokesman reiterated the governor won't tolerate discrimination, but also said Kansas law mirrors federal law.

Federal law doesn't prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Supreme Court ruled that federal law does prohibit same-sex sexual harassment. That means that employer discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity continues to be legal in Kansas [but harassment is illegal].

Source: Wichita Eagle on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2018

Kathleen Sebelius: 2007: Prohibit discrimination on basis of gender identity

Although the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law does prohibit discrimination against same-sex partners and does not allow for sexual harassment, the current administration's Justice Department says that federal civil rights law doesn't apply to sexual orientation or gender identity. That void becomes a state issue.

Kansas has no such protections now but did for a while with the 2007 executive order issued by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that prohibited discrimination and harassment of state workers on the basis of sexual origin and gender identity.

This became a hot-button issue when former Gov. Sam Brownback issued his executive order in 2015 repealing Sebelius'. It is now OK to discriminate against LGBT state workers in Kansas.

The Kansas Republican Party, at its recent state convention, adopted a resolution to "oppose all efforts to validate transgender identification."

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2018

Kris Kobach: Do nothing to protect the rights of LGBT workers

The headline of a recent editorial in The Star asked a fair question: "Why won't Gov. Jeff Colyer commit to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination?" The answer seems very clear: If the governor made such a commitment today--to issue an executive order to protect LGBT state workers from discrimination--he might as well withdraw from the Republican primary race for Kansas governor. That's because with a promise like that, he would virtually be handing over the nomination to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose overall appeal to conservatives makes him the frontrunner. Kobach has stated unequivocally he will do nothing to protect the rights of LGBT workers and said it is up to the Legislature to pass laws if needed.

Although the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law does prohibit discrimination against same-sex partners and does not allow for sexual harassment, federal civil rights law doesn't apply to sexual orientation or gender identity. That void becomes a state issue.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2018

Sam Brownback: 2015: Repeal ban on gender identity discrimination

Although the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law does prohibit discrimination against same-sex partners and does not allow for sexual harassment, the current administration's Justice Department says that federal civil rights law doesn't apply to sexual orientation or gender identity. That void becomes a state issue.

Kansas has no such protections now but did for a while with the 2007 executive order issued by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that prohibited discrimination and harassment of state workers on the basis of sexual origin and gender identity.

This became a hot-button issue when former Gov. Sam Brownback issued his executive order in 2015 repealing Sebelius'. It is now OK to discriminate against LGBT state workers in Kansas.

The Kansas Republican Party, at its recent state convention, adopted a resolution to "oppose all efforts to validate transgender identification."

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2018

Carl Brewer: Protect civil rights, not judge morality

I do not believe it is up to me to judge another's morality or to enact laws to limit or deny another's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Quite the contrary, it is my duty as your next Governor to work aggressively for the repeal of laws already limiting our civil rights, and to pass new laws to safeguard those rights. This includes the rights of Kansas women, minorities, the LGBT community and other historically-oppressed communities.
Source: 2018 Kansas Gubernatorial website BrewerForKansas.com Sep 15, 2017

Ron Estes: Kansas ABLE: tax-free savings for people with disabilities

As State Treasurer in 2015, Ron worked with state and federal officials to implement the Kansas ABLE savings program, creating tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.
Source: 2017 Kansas House campaign website EstesForCongress.com Apr 11, 2017

Patrick Wiesner: Marriage for two same-sex persons making a life commitment

On Same Sex Marriage: If two same-sex persons make a life commitment to care for each other, then I support the law that gives them the right to publicly honor each other with marriage.
Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website WiesnerForSenate.com Aug 31, 2016

Sam Brownback: Allow college groups to discriminate for religious reasons

Legislative Summary: SB 175 enacts law prohibiting a postsecondary educational institution from taking any action that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other association due to the association's requirement that leaders or members of the association adhere to or comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by Washington Blade: Consistent with his record in opposition to LGBT rights, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a "religious freedom" bill seen to enable discrimination against LGBT students in his state's public universities. Brownback didn't sign the bill quietly: The governor signed the measure during a ceremony surrounded by lawmakers and lobbyists for the Kansas Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 30-8-2 on Mar/19/15; Passed House 81-41-3 on Mar/16/16; Signed on Mar/22/16

Source: Washington Blade analysis of Kansas voting records SB175 May 22, 2016

Barbara Bollier: College groups "religious freedom" means LGBT discrimination

Legislative Summary: SB 175 enacts law prohibiting a postsecondary educational institution from taking any action that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other association due to the association's requirement that leaders or members of the association adhere to or comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by Washington Blade: Consistent with his record in opposition to LGBT rights, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a "religious freedom" bill seen to enable discrimination against LGBT students in his state's public universities. Brownback didn't sign the bill quietly: The governor signed the measure during a ceremony surrounded by lawmakers and lobbyists for the Kansas Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 30-8-2 on Mar/19/15; Passed House 81-41-3 on Mar/16/16; State Rep. Barbara Bollier voted NO; Signed on Mar/22/16

Source: Washington Blade analysis of Kansas voting records SB175 Mar 16, 2016

Jake LaTurner: Allow college groups to discriminate for religious reasons

Legislative Summary: SB 175 enacts law prohibiting a postsecondary educational institution from taking any action that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other association due to the association's requirement that leaders or members of the association adhere to or comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by Washington Blade: Consistent with his record in opposition to LGBT rights, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a "religious freedom" bill seen to enable discrimination against LGBT students in his state's public universities. Brownback didn't sign the bill quietly: The governor signed the measure during a ceremony surrounded by lawmakers and lobbyists for the Kansas Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 30-8-2 on Mar/19/15; State Sen. Jake LaTurner voted YES; Passed House 81-41-3 on Mar/16/16; Signed on Mar/22/16

Source: Washington Blade analysis of Kansas voting records SB175 May 19, 2015

Laura Kelly: College groups "religious freedom" means LGBT discrimination

Legislative Summary: SB 175 enacts law prohibiting a postsecondary educational institution from taking any action that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other association due to the association's requirement that leaders or members of the association adhere to or comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by Washington Blade: Consistent with his record in opposition to LGBT rights, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a "religious freedom" bill seen to enable discrimination against LGBT students in his state's public universities. Brownback didn't sign the bill quietly: The governor signed the measure during a ceremony surrounded by lawmakers and lobbyists for the Kansas Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 30-8-2 on Mar/19/15; State Sen. Laura Kelly voted NO; Passed House 81-41-3 on Mar/16/16; Signed on Mar/22/16

Source: Washington Blade analysis of Kansas voting records SB175 May 19, 2015

Susan Wagle: Allow college groups to discriminate for religious reasons

Legislative Summary: SB 175 enacts law prohibiting a postsecondary educational institution from taking any action that would deny a religious student association any benefit available to any other association due to the association's requirement that leaders or members of the association adhere to or comply with the association's sincerely held religious beliefs.

Analysis by Washington Blade: Consistent with his record in opposition to LGBT rights, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a "religious freedom" bill seen to enable discrimination against LGBT students in his state's public universities. Brownback didn't sign the bill quietly: The governor signed the measure during a ceremony surrounded by lawmakers and lobbyists for the Kansas Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 30-8-2 on Mar/19/15; State Sen. Susan Wagle voted YES; Passed House 81-41-3 on Mar/16/16; Signed on Mar/22/16

Source: Washington Blade analysis of Kansas voting records SB175 May 19, 2015

Greg Orman: Government should not prohibit same-sex marriage

Roberts supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Orman says the government should not prohibit same-sex marriage.
Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Opposes affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose requiring hiring more women & minorities?

A: Strongly Oppose.

Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Indifferent to same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?

A: Indifferent.

Source: Email interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: Advocate for equality, including equal pay for equal work

I was raised by a strong, smart woman; I married a strong, smart woman; I work with strong, smart women every day. I trust the women of Kansas to make the best decisions for their health. I recognize it's not my role as a male government official to make those choices for them.

I have long been an advocate for equality in our society and workplace, which is why I support measures such as equal pay for equal work. There is no excuse for a pay discrepancy based on gender. Period.

I will be an advocate for equality, supporting measures such as the Violence Against Women Act, which Senator Pat Roberts voted against. I will fight to ensure fairness under the law.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Chad Taylor: Make bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

While the Senate does not typically vote on the legality of marriage, the stage has been set for federal legal challenges over the next two years. Based on legal precedent, I would expect the Supreme Court to rule based on the Commerce Clause, wherein a contract in one state is valid in another, thus making bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Milton Wolf: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Wolf: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Charlie Hardy: Equal pay for equal work

As a former priest, I believe that government should not interfere in the personal relations between adults. Just as the uniqueness of each flower in a garden is recognized as beautiful, so should the uniqueness of each individual be accepted and treasured. Our campaign stands strong for full marriage equality for all, equal pay for equal work, and investments in social welfare, job creation, and education to ensure that all people have adequate opportunities in life.
Source: DemocracyForAmerica.com on 2014 Kansas Senate race May 2, 2014

Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted 9-year-long rape case

A Third Judicial District jury this morning returned a guilty verdict against Justin Dan Elnicki, 32, Topeka, Kansas. The jury, after deliberating for a half day, found Mr. Elnicki guilty of one count of rape, a level one person felony.

"Today's verdict is a just result and should finally ensure that this violent predator will be removed from our community," said Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor. "I would like to thank the jury for their service and for ensuring that justice was served today. I would also like to personally thank the victim who over the past decade has repeatedly demonstrated a courage and fortitude few people possess."

The District Attorney's Office originally filed charges against Mr. Elnicki in 2001. Twice Mr. Elnicki's conviction was overturned and remanded to the trial court for a new trial. Elnicki will be sentenced on December 10, 2010 at 9:00 am by Judge Richard D. Anderson.

Source: D.A. office press release: 2014 Kansas Senate race Oct 6, 2010

Mark Parkinson: Embrace diversity rather than rejecting new citizens

We will be more diverse. Our Hispanic and Asian populations will grow, and rather than reject our new citizens, as some states have done, we will embrace them as Kansans. More than ever, they will be an important part of the Kansas story.
Source: 2010 Kansas State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

George W. Bush: Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all

While our schools are no longer segregated by law, they are still not equal in opportunity and excellence. Justice requires more than a place in a school. Justice requires that every school teach every child in America. The habits of racism in America have not all been broken. Laws against racial discrimination must be vigorously enforced in education and housing and hiring and public accommodations.
Source: William Douglas/Tom Fitzgerald; Kansas City Star May 17, 2004

Jean Carnahan: Advocated for Equal Rights Amendment

Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husbandís Senate campaign trail and worked on state legislation for better health care and education. She advocated the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, & workplace child-care centers. ďDemocrats in Washington are struggling to save Social Security, to strengthen Medicare, to pay down the national debt, to provide a patientís bill of rights and to give targeted tax cuts that donít harm services to the neediest in our society,Ē she said.
Source: [X-ref Health Care] Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star Nov 4, 2000

John McCain: We donít need laws against Spanish language & culture

Spanish was spoken in my state when it was carved from the wilderness. Spanish culture influenced the making of Arizona society. And Arizona society cannot sustain its character, absent that influence today. Yes, we all need to speak English well if we are to succeed in this country. But no one should have to abandon the language of their birth to learn the language of their future. We donít need laws that cause any American to believe we scorn their contributions to our culture.
Source: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University Mar 15, 1999

Howard Phillips: Censorship is dumbing down our children

[Those who] advocate. separating church from state are hypocrites unless they similarly insist upon the separation of education from state, because every government-subsidized and regulated school has become an establishment of the officially approved state religion, censoring prayer, subsidizing sex, denying creation, rewriting history, undermining parental authority, denigrating Biblical values, and dumbing down the children so that they may be no wiser than those who run our government.
Source: (X-ref Education) Kansas Education Watch Network Conference Aug 7, 1993

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