Today the Kansas Legislature voted to override Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of an egregious gerrymandered congressional map. Ignoring input from thousands of Kansans asking that their communities of interest be preserved, the right-wing dominated legislature voted to split Kansas’ only minority-majority county between two congressional districts, diluting the voting strength of Kansas City-area voters.
There are many “communities of interest” in Kansas, and not all are neatly defined by geographic boundaries. US Representative Sharice Davids is Kansas’ first and only openly-LGBT member of congress, and earned her seat twice in free and fair elections. We view today’s override of Governor Kelly’s veto as yet another in a long history of attacks by the Kansas Legislature on the Kansas LGBT community. Kansas legislative leadership have decided to choose new voters for Congresswoman Davids, spurning the will of the voters who chose her – twice – to represent them in Washington, D.C. Today’s vote is an outrage, and we call on our fellow Kansans to let their legislators know today’s vote is unacceptable.
Equality Kansas will continue to fight for fair redistricting while preserving the seats of our five openly-LGBT lawmakers. In addition to US Representative Davids, our community is represented in the Kansas House of Representatives by Susan Ruiz, Brandon Woodard, Stephanie Byers, and Heather Meyer. We intend to do all we can to protect those seats as the redistricting process goes forward, and will pursue legal action where appropriate.
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