Kansas Governor Just Legalized Discrimination Against Members of the LGBT Community

SAM-BROWNBACK-1I’m not going to lie, when it comes to the debate over equal rights for members of the LGBT community in this country I’m utterly and completely exhausted. Not because I’m tired of fighting for these rights, but because I’m so sick and tired of the ridiculous arguments made by those who oppose giving members of the LGBT community the rights they’re owed as American citizens and, more importantly, as human beings.

I just don’t get it. These anti-gay activists are obsessed with homosexuality. It sometimes feels as if they think about gay sex more than actual homosexuals. Over the years dealing with these anti-gay activists I’ve just lost all my patience with them. I don’t have it in me any longer to be cordial and polite. They’re ignorant bigots who need to realize that it’s 2015, not 1915.

A perfect example of this outdated and idiotic anti-gay behavior can be found in Kansas where Governor Sam Brownback used an executive order to remove protections state employees who are also members of the LGBT community had against discrimination in the workplace. The original order was signed in 2007 under former Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

In signing this order, Brownback said it “ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did.” Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds an awful lot like something someone might have said back in the 60’s if they opposed the Civil Rights Act.

That’s the typical argument of bigots. They often try to claim that by setting up laws to prevent their bigotry, we’re creating a special “protected class” to separate some people from others. It’s absurd because all these laws aim to do is ensure that prejudiced jackasses like himself aren’t able to legally discriminate against those with which they disagree. 

But what could go wrong? It’s not as if we have a major political party in this country that:

  • Continues to support the right for businesses to be able to discriminate against homosexuals.
  • Opposes marriage equality.
  • Opposes the right for members of the LGBT community to serve in our military.
  • Wants to treat homosexuals like people suffering from sort of disease instead of people who were simply born the way that they are.

Oh, wait, we actually do have that – Brownback’s own party.

Thanks to Brownback’s idiocy, if an openly gay person is harassed while working for the state, or denied a promotion because of their sexual orientation, there’s not really a whole lot they can do about it.

Like I said, I’m just exhausted with this nonsense. If these people don’t agree with homosexuality, great – then they don’t have to be homosexuals. Nobody really gives a damn what they personally think or feel. The issue is when these people continue to try to strip away the rights that gay Americans are owed based on their own personal views. But that’s exactly what they continue to try to do.

Luckily our Constitution continues to prevent them from doing so. Unfortunately, the process by which these attempts by Republicans to deny members of the LGBT community their rights are legally challenged and presented before our Supreme Court often takes years to complete.

Republicans just need to get it through their heads – equal rights for gay Americans isn’t a matter of if, but when. 

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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