Hundreds Rally in Kansas Against Discrimination Bill
February 25, 2014 by Trevor Chandler, Associate Regional Field Director
On a cold and windy day hundreds of Kansans showed up at the capitol in Topeka to protest HB 2453., a bill recently passed by the state’s House of Representatives that would allow employees and government workers to discriminate against LGBT Kansans.
HRC was working on the ground directly with Equality Kansas and ACLU of Kansas to coordinate the Equality Day of Action & Lobby Day, training constituents on how to effectively talk with their legislators. The action came on the heels of AT&T, Sprint, and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce joined the chorus of voices saying how hurtful, unworkable, and discriminatory the bill was.
I was honored to speak at the rally on behalf of HRC and thank our strong partners at Equality Kansas and ACLU for their strong advocacy on behalf of equal rights.
Sandra Meade, the Chair of Equality Kansas gave HRC a shout-out at the rally, thanking us for being so supportive and helpful throughout.
HB2453 was recently tabled by Senate leadership, however there will be a hearing in the coming week to have an open discussion about religious freedom in Kansas, HRC and our partners will continue to keep a close eye on this process to ensure that these hurtful measures do not come back.
Tom Witt of Equality Kansas, Trevor Chandler of HRC and Holly Weatherford of the ACLU of Kansas
July 30, 2014