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Governor Kelly signs new non-discrimination order

Newly-inaugurated Kansas Governor Laura Kelly this morning signed an executive order extending discrimination protections to LGBT state employees.  The order reverses 2015 action by then-governor Sam Brownback, who in a fit of bigotry rescinded protections that had been in place since 2007, when Governor Kathleen Sebelius issued the an earlier version of today’s order.

In a welcome and far-reaching move, Executive Order 19-02 goes beyond the original Sebelius order, and now requires all contractors doing business with the State of Kansas to extend discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to their own employees.

Pictured in this post is the new order, along with the pen Governor Kelly used to sign it.  You can download a full copy of the order from the Governor’s website (https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/20190115103607231.pdf).

In her remarks after signing today’s order, Governor Kelly declared her support for legislation that would extend protections to all LGBT Kansans.  Equality Kansas is working with newly-elected LGBT state representatives Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard to draft and introduce a bill that will amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  Watch this space for more news as it develops.

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