[I tagged this story with 'opinion' because it was posted in Equality Kansas News by the Equality Kansas organisation. They are well informed and quoted the whole order. My personal note: I've known for years that Brownback is not only deeply religious conservative, he is in fact a radical zealot of the highest order who truly believes that the U.S. Government should be a Christian theocracy. I've heard from inside sources that this man has actually proposed that language from the bible should be directly quoted into the state's constitution. If people could hear the shit he says behind closed doors, they would be disturbed.]
July 7, 2015.
Early this afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback issued a “religious objection” executive order. The Governor, who earlier this year criticized and rescinded former Governor Sebelius’ 2007 non-discrimination order as an abuse of executive authority, has taken it upon himself to abuse the United States Constitution.
Our initial interpretation of this order is simple: It’s one part scare tactics, one part ducking his constitutional responsibility.
According to the order, clergy will not be required to officiate at same-sex marriages. No kidding. This has never happened, is not happening, and will never happen. This part of the order is nothing but political scare tactic.
The rest of the order is more problematic. The plain language seems to suggest that religious organizations that have contracts to provide taxpayer-funded social services will be able to deny taxpayer-funded services to LGBT Kansans. We are still having this analyzed by our attorneys, but if this proves to be the case, the Governor should be prepared to find himself on the losing end of more expensive litigation.
We are incredibly disappointed by Governor Brownback. Instead of treating LGBT Kansans fairly, his only act has been to double-down on treating us as second class citizens.
We’re having our attorneys evaluate the specifics of the order. What follows is the full text. Be prepared to be angry.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 15-05
Preservation and Protection of Religious Freedom
( The garbage is below this lid.Collapse )
Or pick through this Garbage at the source if you like.