Human Rights Campaign on Kansas Republican Primary Results

by Lucas Acosta

HRC will work to unite all vulnerable communities across the state of Kansas to close the book on Marshall’s politics of discrimination and bigotry.

On Tuesday, Rep. Roger Marshall won the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. In response, HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Lindsey Clark issued the following statement:

“At every opportunity, Roger Marshall has attacked, demeaned, and dehumanized transgender people. He and his fellow Republican candidates waged one of the most anti-LGBTQ primaries this cycle, engaging in a race to the bottom by releasing ad after ad attacking transgender kids and LGBTQ people. Marshall’s brand of anti-LGBTQ extremism may have won a primary, but it won’t win the battle ahead.

“Kansans need a sensible leader who values inclusivity, not one who demonizes vulnerable communities to get ahead. Over the next 91 days, HRC will work to unite all vulnerable communities across the state of Kansas to close the book on Marshall’s politics of discrimination and bigotry and elect a true ally, Barbara Bollier, to the U.S. Senate.”

BACKGROUND
Earlier this primary season, Rep. Roger Marshall released an advertisement attacking transgender children. He has also spoken out in favor of allowing foster care agencies to discriminate against potential LGBTQ parents and was the only Member of Congress from Kansas to support Trump’s discriminatory ban against transgender people serving in the military. Marshall has never earned more than a 0 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard.