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Sam Brownback Scores One for Hate, Reverses LGBT Non-Discrimination Order

For reasons that I would call obtuse and asinine, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has rolled back a non-discrimination order that has been on the books for 8 years.

From the Associated Press:

Brownback says legislators should approve any expansion of anti-discrimination laws, and that Sebelius β€” who later became President Barack Obama's health secretary β€” acted unilaterally

But he reaffirmed the state's commitment to preventing discrimination against state workers based on race, gender, religion or national origin.

I'm sure the conservative state legislature will get right on expanding the state's non-discrimination laws as soon as they and the good governor have thoroughly cratered the state's economy.

Sebelius's actions may have been unilateral, but those unilateral actions, which had been on the books since 2007, clearly didn't plunge the state into an age of heathenism and darkness. Why rescind the order now?

While the governor 'reaffirms the state's commitment to preventing discrimination' based on religion, the religious will be free to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

There's no word on whether or not this will help plug holes in the state budget.

  • DownriverDem

    There are those who say that it’s the states who call the shots on marriage laws. However no one should be able to vote on others’ rights. This is just like with states making interracial marriage illegal. When it comes to discrimination it is not the states right. How many folks think the south would have voted to give blacks their freedom and full citizenship? No this is a Federal issue which is why the Supremes took it up.

  • Seriously, this is some NAZI-esque shit on Brownback’s part. Look for a scapegoat, repeal legal protections for a vulnerable group.

  • TimJ

    This is a purely political move by Brownback, trying to change the subject from the terrible state of the budget and cuts to education, to “let’s all beat up on the gays!”. Guarantee that within the month he’ll be talking about illegal immigrants and creeping Sharia law.

    Maybe he hopes the state can save money by firing all the gays.

  • bphoon

    Ah, life in Brownbackistan. There have been several failed attempts at passing “religious freedom” legislation that allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT-ers on religious grounds. In a normal state, one might have reason to assume that, since these attempts failed, there must not be sufficient popular support for legalized discrimination of this type. So, of course, our good governor decides–on his own, apparently–to reverse anti-discrimination policy that’s been on the books for eight years during which Kansans have continued living their lives with no apparent adverse affect.

    Talk about acting unilaterally. And here I thought there couldn’t be another governor as dumb as GW Bush. Guess I was wrong about that.

    Sam Brownshirt…er, Brownback is a walking dick.

    • Victor the Crab

      I’d prefer Brownstain. πŸ˜‰

  • (OT: Does this shiny new page layout no longer have buttons for “next” or “previous” posts? Bit of a pain to have to go back to the front page and scroll down again and again if one is catching up on posts.)

    • JMAshby

      Will look into it, I’m sure the absence is just an oversight

    • JMAshby

      There now exists a next/previous post feature above this space.