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16 States Currently Pushing "Don't Say Gay" Laws

16 States Currently Pushing “Don’t Say Gay” Laws

Conservative lawmakers in 16 mostly red states across America are considering new legislation that would bar teachers from “introducing concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity to young students”, imitating a new Florida law that opponents have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” Law.

Falling back on the Ron DeSantis’ and Anita Bryant’s “Save The Children Campaign” playbook of “gay panic” the following states all have anti-LGBT legislation in the works.: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, and South Dakota.

“Battles over sex education in schools have been a constant front in the culture wars that have raged between liberals and conservatives for decades” aid Aaron Ridings, chief of staff and deputy executive director for public policy and research at GLSEN. ““There’s a chilling effect from all of these bills on people who are LGBT”

Kansas GOP Backed Bills Would Ban Same-Sex “Parody Marriage” And Define LGBT Rights As A Religion

Kansas GOP Backed Bills Would Ban Same-Sex “Parody Marriage” And Define LGBT Rights As A Religion

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A group of (Republican) state representatives in Kansas introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to define same-sex marriage as “parody marriage,” stop the state from recognizing gay marriage and establish an “elevated marriage” option for straight couples who seek “higher standards of commitment.”

One of the two bills introduced contends LGBTQ people are aligned with the secular humanism movement, which it calls a religion. It also calls the gay pride rainbow flag a symbol of a “faith-based worldview.”

By doing so, the proposed legislation seeks to define marriage between a man and a woman as “neutral” and same-sex marriage as religious in nature. It then contends the state cannot constitutionally condone a religious practice.

The bills even if they do pass have little to no chance of being signed imto law. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s first official act in office was to restore non-discrimination protections for LGBT state workers, and she would almost certainly veto them.

But if they did pass it would be interesting. Especially since “religion: is a protected class under the 1964 Civil Rights act and being LGBT is not. Not to mention that all LGBT groups and organizations would become tax-exempt.

Both Kansas and Oklahoma Approve Laws Discriminating Against Adoption To Lesbian and Gays

Both Kansas and Oklahoma Approve Laws Discriminating Against Adoption To Lesbian and Gays

State lawmakers in both Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their “religious beliefs” for not placing children in gay and lesbian homes.

The Kansas Senate approved a bill early Friday morning, 24-15, that would prevent faith-based agencies from being barred from providing foster care or adoption services for the state if they refuse to place children in homes violating their “sincerely held” religious beliefs. The House had approved it late Thursday, 63-58.

“There is no homosexual agenda — I was told that, when people were saying that there was one, and now we find out, there is an agenda,” said Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, a conservative Leavenworth Republican. 

Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer supported his state’s legislation, with his administration arguing with the “spin” that it would encourage faith-based groups to place more abused and neglected children in state custody.

The Oklahoma bill cleared the GOP-controlled Legislature over the boisterous objections of Democrats. At one point, the chamber’s presiding officer threatened to have a member forcibly removed and was sent to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin, who has not said whether she would sign it.

TechNet, representing some of the biggest names in tech, including Apple and Google, sent a letter to lawmakers in both states opposing their measures. Critics in Kansas worried that it would make the state look backward and even suggested it could hurt the economy.

Texas, Alabama, South Dakota, Virginia and Michigan already have such laws in place. Michigan’s ACLU chapter took the state to court last year over its adoption law, and the case is still ongoing..




Back2Stonewall.com Visits The Westboro Baptist Church and The Equality House In Topeka, KS

Our post-Thanksgiving travels have taken us to a quiet neighborhood  in Topeka, Kansas where across the street from each other stand two landmarks that are as different as love and hate. I am talking about the infamous Phelps’ families Westboro Baptist Church and Topeka’s rainbow painted Equality House.

The two stand no more than 300 yards across from each other and could not be more different.

One sits with a welcome sign and a community garden for those in the neighbor hod to harvest fresh grown vegetables and welcomes people up onto the lawn and the other is a cult compound with a high fence, tresspassing signs and surveillance cameras.

Those who live in the neighborhood seem unfazed and go about their daily business but the stark difference between the two properties is a brutal reminder of the war that is being waged in America at this moment between love and hate.









Anti-Gay GOP US House Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s Staffer Busted On 17 Counts Of Child Sex Abuse.

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One of the most anti-gay members of Congress Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has a lot on his plate what with hating gays, hanging out with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and being “family values” and all.  But now Huelskamp has something else to worry about as one of his staffers has been busted on 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

Topeka’s CBS affiliate:

A staffer for a Kansas congressman is in jail charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Matthew P. Pennell was arrested on Thursday. Pennell was arrested following an investigation by the Dodge City Police Department and members of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The case has been filed with the Ford County Attorney’s office. His bond is set at $75,000. Congressman Tim Huelskamp Office issued this response to the allegations: “Upon learning of his arrest, the Office immediately placed Mr. Pennell on Leave Without Pay until further notice. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.” – Mark Kelly, Chief of Staff, Office of Congressman Tim Huelskamp.

Huelskamp has been recognized as one of the top 5 most anti-gay politicians in Washington, D.C.

#ItsNotOver – Kansas GOP Governor Brownback Rescinds Executive Order Of LGBT Protections

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Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded an executive order Tuesday issued during the Sebelius administration that offered protections to state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, signed the order in 2007 prohibiting most state employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Brownback issued a new executive order cancelling Sebelius’ order.

“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,” Brownback said in a statement.

“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 protest has been set for noon Saturday on  the south lawn of the Capitol, hoping to send a message that Kansans “won’t tolerate this intolerance,” said Equality House member Davis Hammet

Brownshirtback in the past when he was a Senator voted  NO on adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes and has fought tooth and nail against hate crimes legislation saying “This is something we have got to fight against, that somehow that the thought is what the crime is, and that being moved into an agenda not allowing people to speak their beliefs about homosexuality.”



BREAKING: Kansas’ Hateful “Religious Based” LGBT Discrimination Bill BLOCKED In Senate!



Kansas’ hateful “religious based” bill that would have legally allowed  discrimination against LGBT’s in that state has been blocked in its current form by several Senate Republicans who joined the overwhelming Democrat opposition:

Susan Wagle, a conservative Republican who is president of the Kansas Senate, raised opposition to the House measure, saying she had “grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill” and “my members don’t condone discrimination.”

Ms. Wagle was backed by Senator Jeff King, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who said he would not hold hearings on the House bill. Instead, Mr. King said, his committee would hold hearings on the broader topic of religious freedom in Kansas and explore whether the Legislature needed to take any further steps to shore up those protections.

The bill which would essentially introduce a “new segregation” in the United States would allow people, groups, and businesses and even city employess such as Doctors and Firemen to legally discriminate against LGBT individuals based on religious beliefs.

On The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur laid out the details in this deplorable Kansas bill.


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.

Kansas Dem Rep. Jan Pauls Opposes ‘Superior Rights’ For Gays – Kansas Dem Party Endorses Her

Kansas House “Democrat” Rep. Jan Pauls has served the 102ndHouse District, which includes central Hutchinson for more than two decades.  And in those 20 years again and again cast her lot against the LGBT community and even drafted the Kansas constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions in that state.

Pauls who’s always run unopposed at election time — until now. has suddenly begun claiming that she fears for he life because of bigoted voting record.

“I have friends who have told me they worry that I’ll be another Gabby Giffords, literally”  Pauls said in an interview with the Kansas City Star.

Pauls  is also notorious for keeping the law against sodomy on the books, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that renders all such statues moot.  The house-cleaning measure to excise several outdated or inconsistent statutes from the books, she explains, “had too many other controversial items in it.” Pauls said about her vote against removing it from the books.

But Pauls isn’t bothered by how her anti-gay stance grinds against her own party’s platforms.

“The Democratic national platforms have never been that important in local or state politics. We’re a little different here.”

“Homosexuals don’t love,” her husband Ron said. “Homosexuals are all about the sex. How would you feel, he asks, if your daughter’s male gym teacher wanted to go into the locker room as the girls were undressing? What about a female gym teacher? “What if that female gym teacher was a homosexual? She’d want those girls.  People are afraid there won’t be freedom of speech anymore. Pretty soon you won’t be able to quote Bible verses from the pulpit if they’re against homosexuality.”

Pauls herself goes on to say  “I think most Kansans’ concerns are not that the homosexuals want equal rights but superior rights. That’s what makes this issue so difficult,” she says.

The Kansas Democratic Party said it is supporting Pauls, as it does all party nominees.

So much for the Democratic National Committee’s  Pro-LGBT Platform

Please feel free to contact Rep Jan Pauls at Phone: 620-663-8961 Email: janpauls@sbcglobal.net in Hutchinson or Phone: 785-296-7657 Email: janice.pauls@house.ks.gov in Topeka KS.

And also feel free to contact The Kansas Democratic Party Headquaters by phone at (785) 234-0425 or by filling out the following form.