LAS VEGAS, NV — (01-15-19) — History has been made as governors of Kansas and Ohio, both traditionally known as conservative red states, issued executive orders that ban LGBT discrimination among state employees.
newly elected Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D), signed an executive order instructing state run agencies to ban and discipline workplace discrimination against LGBT state employees.
Governor Kelly utilized twitter to promote her executive order by posting…“I am reinstating protections to state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender”
Her predecessor, former conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, through out protections for LGBT state employees back in 2015. Yes, during the same year SCOTUS ruled that same-sex marriage was the law of the land.
What surprised not only LGBT activists but conservatives as well was when newly elected Ohio state governor, Mike DeWine (R), issuing his own similar executive order on day one of his administration prohibiting LGBT discrimination among LGBT state employees.
As we celebrate Governor DeWine’s decision to extend protections for LGBTQ+ state employees, we encourage all of our readers to keep pushing the Ohio General Assembly to do the right thing and finally passing the Ohio Fairness Act to protect all Ohioans.https://t.co/DSKZD1E49s
— LGBTCleveland (@LGBTCleveland) January 14, 2019
As my first official act as Governor, I am reinstating protections to state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. EO 2019-02 restores rights that were taken away in recent years.
Discrimination of any kind has no place in Kansas. It will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/MAi7mFzuYN
— @GovLauraKelly (@GovLauraKelly) January 15, 2019
Unlike former Republican governor Brownback, governor DeWine Executive Order 2019-05D, renews the LGBT protections directive signed by former Gov. John Kasich just days before he left office.
While these two actions are a great first step, both Kansas and Ohio still do not have statewide protections on its books for their LGBT citizens. Private employers are still allowed to discriminate.
(Above photo courtesy of Dodge City Daily Globe)
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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