In a move that shocked progressive advocates in Kansas, the state's Republican governor on Tuesday issued an executive order to remove discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees.
State employees in Kansas can now legally be fired, harassed or denied a job for being gay or transgender, critics said.
Gov. Sam Brownback said an 2007 executive order by Kathleen Sebelius, then the state's Democratic governor, went too far by not getting legislative approval to bar job discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Discrimination for state jobs in Kansas is forbidden for race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. Brownback said any expansion of such laws for LGBT employees should be done by the Legislature "and not through unilateral action."
"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 announcing the replacement of Sebelius' executive order with his own.
So no, Republicans are 100% okay with codifying bigotry and discrimination back into law whenever they can. Speaking of that, why did Brownback not do this on his first day as Kansas governor in 2011? He waited until his second term in order to reverse Kathleen Sebelius's order. So for four years, Brownback didn't have a problem with it.
Only now he does. Only now he feels like Kansas is better served by being able to fire state employees for being gay or trandgender, Was he just completely unaware of the executive order? I doubt it. Sebelius signed the order in 2007, so for 8 years this was fine, including Brownback's entire first term.
Oh wait, maybe Brownback needs a Two-Minute Hate subject in order to distract Kansas Republicans from his incoming new taxes and massive cuts to schools and infrastructure to pay for his continuing scheme to cut taxes for the rich and for corporations.
Funny how that works out, huh.
Like I said, worst governor in the country.