Kansas governor renews ban on state anti-LGBT bias

Ban covers employment by state agencies
Kansas governor renews ban on state anti-LGBT bias

The new Kansas governor Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies’ employment decisions.

The executive order by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly bars state agencies from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity when hiring workers or deciding whether to promote, discipline or fire them. The order also extends the policy to cover government contractors.

Kelly’s action restores a policy that had been rescinded by former by former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and fulfills a promise Kelly make repeatedly during her campaign last year.

In 2007, Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued an executive order against anti-LGBT bias in state government. In 2015, Brownback rescinded Sebelius’ order and argued that state lawmakers should set such a policy.

Kelly’s order applies to state agencies under her direct control, which have about 19,000 employees. But it’s broader than the Sebelius policy because it applies to contactors.