Gene Robinson: Brownback Wants To Fire Gays In Kansas State Government
[su_right_ad]Sam Brownback’s order could result in gays losing their jobs in Kansas.
Governor Brownback’s predecessor, Kathleen Sibelius, had put into place basic job protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Kansans who worked for the state, prohibiting a Kansas state employee from being fired due to his/her sexual orientation or gender identity. Governor Brownback has now abruptly rescinded that executive order (which of course he has the authority to do), leaving thousands of LGBT state workers in jeopardy. One governor giveth, and another taketh away.
In the years since Sibelius’s action, one has to wonder how many gay state workers put a picture of their same-gender spouse on their work desks, believing they had the right and the opportunity to be more open under her executive order. Those workers are now “out” to their work colleagues and bosses. Can the boss or supervisor now fire them for being gay, with impunity? Does the gay worker now have no recourse in the courts because Brownback changed the rules? It remains to be seen, leaving many in a state of anxiety and insecurity.[su_center_ad]