Brownback Rescinds Executive Order That Offered Protections on Basis of Sexual Orientation
Gov. Sam Brownback has rescinded an executive order issued during the Sebelius administration that offered protections to state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, signed an executive order in 2007 prohibiting most state employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Associated Press reported at the time. The order required agencies under the governor’s direct control to ensure they have programs to prevent harassment against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and people who have had surgery for sex changes. It covered 25,000 of the 41,000 state employees.
On Tuesday, Brownback issued a new executive order rescinding Sebelius’ order.
“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. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action. The order also reaffirms our commitment to hiring, mentoring and recognizing veterans and individuals with disabilities.”