Today, the Human Rights Campaign denounced Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s executive order encouraging blatant discrimination against LGBT Kansans in the name of religion. Governor Brownback, known for his deplorable anti-equality positions, issued the executive order today in response to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality.
“Religious freedom is a bedrock of our country. Gov. Brownback’s executive order panders to the false notion that clergy and religious organizations will be stripped of their First Amendment rights,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Having nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with enabling discrimination, this executive order is divisive, unnecessary, and sends the wrong message. It places legally married same-sex couples at risk of having religious organizations, such as many hospitals, refuse to recognize their marriage while hampering the state government's ability to address the problem. ”
In February, Gov. Brownback also astonishingly rescinded an executive order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007 that provided workplace non-discrimination protections to LGBT state employees.
According to BuzzFeed News, under Gov. Brownback's failed leadership, the state is still also failing to recognize legal same-sex marriages for the purposes of tax considerations.