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Yesterday evening KAKE News (Channel 10, Wichita) reported that recently-appointed State Representative Michael Capps (R-Wichita) is alleged to have caused “emotional abuse” for two boys. Capps, who at the time was a volunteer court-appointed special advocate (CASA), is alleged by their foster mother to have had inappropriate physical contact with two boys, one of whom was five years old at the time of the incident.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families, which oversees foster care in Kansas, has confirmed the allegations.
Since the allegations became public, the Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives, Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe) has demanded Capps resign his seat in the legislature and withdraw from the campaign. KAKE News quotes Speaker Ryckman saying “we want to make sure the folks who represent us in the Kansas House are those of integrity and have the best interest of the people of Kansas including kids.”
Equality Kansas joins Speaker Ryckman in calling for Capps’ resignation. Children in foster care are among the most vulnerable, and deserve safe, loving homes that are free from abuse.
Rep Capps was appointed last month to fill the vacancy left by Rep Chuck Weber, a strong supporter of this year’s adoption discrimination act. Capps was expected to continue Weber’s anti-LGBT stance. He was endorsed by Kansas Family Policy Alliance, who said Capps “shares their values, like the dignity of every life, the centrality of marriage and family, and the importance of religious freedom.”
While it is likely Capps will now lose the November election to EQKS-endorsed Monica Marks (D-Wichita), keep in mind his alleged actions have victims – two young boys. That his seat might now be held by a supporter of LGBT equality is certainly notable, but please remember what it could cost those children and their family. Keep them in your thoughts.