Kansas Governor-Elect Promises to Reinstate Protections for LGBTQ State Workers

November 8, 2018 • 5:48 pm

WASHINGTON — Kansas’ Governor-Elect Laura Kelly promised today to reinstate nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ state workers. The executive order, first enacted under former Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007, prohibited discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Following the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing marriage equality in all 50 states, the order was repealed by former Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is one of 31 states nationwide that does not yet have a comprehensive nondiscrimination law that explicitly protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. Freedom for All Americans’ CEO, Masen Davis, released the following statement:

“This announcement by Governor-Elect Kelly is the latest sign of momentum in the growing trend of support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. By reinstating this executive order, Governor-Elect Kelly is telling the LGBTQ people of her state that she cares and that there’s a governor who once again has their back. We have seen immense progress recently affirming that Americans believe in equality under the law. Discrimination has no place in our country and because of Governor-Elect Kelly, LGBTQ state employees in Kansas will no longer need to fear being fired or harassed because of who they are or who they love.”

Kelly will be sworn into office on January 14, 2019.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans, Democrats, Independents, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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