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.

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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