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And Now The Bad News… Voters in Two Kansas Cities Repeal LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore or if we ever actually want to go to it again.

Voters in two Kansas cities, Salina and Hutchinson, repealed gay-inclusive anti-discrimination laws that had been adopted this year by the cities’ governing bodies during Tuesdays elections.

The Salina ordinance was repealed by a vote of 54% to 46%, while the Hutchinson law was voted down by a margin of 58% to 42%.  That leaves Lawrence, Kansas as the ONLY city in the state that has an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law on the books and has since the mid 1990’s.

“It’s clear we have a lot more educating to do,” Jon Powell, chairman of the Hutchinson chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition, an LGBT rights group said in a statement after Tuesdays election.

Local Church and hate groups arguments against the laws included denial that such discrimination exists and assertions that “sexual behavior” is a choice and not a reason for anti-discrimination protections.  An argument that is always lost on me since discrimination against religion is against the law and being religious is most certainly a choice.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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