During the mid-term elections, voters elected Democratic governor Laura Kelly who defeated anti-LGBT governor Sam Brownback.
A few days ago, she announced her attention to working for the LGBT community as soon as she takes office on January 14, 2019.
Protections for LGBT state workers:
In 2007, Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius put in place an ordinance banning harassment, firing or discrimination of state workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In 2015, Governor Brownback removed it but Governor Kelly has announced its reinstatement.
Adoption agencies and LGBT couples:
Earlier this year, the legislature approved a bill that allows adoption agencies to invoke their religious beliefs to discriminate against same-sex couples.
“If there is a way to direct the agency to not implement that, then I will do that,” Kelly said during a Statehouse news conference.
These mid-term elections have been good for Kansas. Voters elected the first LGBT and Native American woman to Congress. And they choose a governor who seems inclined to better protect the LGBT community from the state.
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