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Statehouse Live: People rally at Capitol to protest Brownback policies

August 6, 2011, 2:32 p.m. Updated August 6, 2011, 3:01 p.m.

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Two large flags are unfurled Saturday at the Capitol during a rally put on by the Kansas Equality Coalition and Kansas National Organization for Women. About 150 people attended.

Two large flags are unfurled Saturday at the Capitol during a rally put on by the Kansas Equality Coalition and Kansas National Organization for Women. About 150 people attended.

Kaylyn Wright (left) and Leslie Goodwin, both Kansas University students, who recently formed Speak for Choice, attended the rally Saturday at the Capitol. They said they were upset with Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law anti-abortion legislation.

Kaylyn Wright (left) and Leslie Goodwin, both Kansas University students, who recently formed Speak for Choice, attended the rally Saturday at the Capitol. They said they were upset with Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law anti-abortion legislation.

Richard Sengpiehl (seated) and Jake and Masha Kipp (in background), all from Lawrence, attended the rally Saturday at the Capitol. The three had also gone to an earlier event in Lawrence to support keeping open the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Richard Sengpiehl (seated) and Jake and Masha Kipp (in background), all from Lawrence, attended the rally Saturday at the Capitol. The three had also gone to an earlier event in Lawrence to support keeping open the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

— Led by gay and women’s rights groups, about 150 people rallied on the Statehouse grounds Saturday, criticizing the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback.

Meanwhile, Brownback was in Houston, participating in a high-profile prayer event put on by groups opposed to gay rights and abortion.

At the Capitol rally, Dan Manning of Wichita, who was kicked out of the military for being gay, blasted Brownback for associating with people “who are praying for our demise.”

“The God I know is a God of love and wants each and every one of us,” Manning said. “I have a message for Governor Brownback: We are not going away.”

The rally was called by the Kansas Equality Coalition and the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women as “A Celebration of the First Amendment” in response to police interference during separate events that the groups had at the Capitol in June.

‘Time for us to pray’

The rally took on added significance, occurring on the same day that Brownback attended “The Response,” a prayer event at Reliant Stadium that was called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and hosted by groups that have been outspoken opponents of gay rights and abortion rights.

Brownback was the only governor to accept Perry’s invitation, and Brownback’s staff said the governor would pay his own way there. But after publicity increased about the anti-gay sentiments of some of the groups, Brownback’s staff refused to confirm whether he was going.

But Brownback did attend, spoke briefly and offered a prayer. He also embraced Perry, who is considering running for the Republican nomination for president, onstage.

Brownback’s office later released a statement in which Brownback said leaders prayed during the Revolutionary War, Civil War and during civil rights fights.

“We are in a difficult time again for our nation; now it is time for us to pray,” he said.

At the Statehouse rally, Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, said, “I wonder if we’re going to see a Perry-Brownback ticket.”

Those attending the rally at the Statehouse criticized Brownback over several issues, such as signing into law several anti-abortion measures, vetoing state arts funding and planning the closure of the state welfare agency office in Lawrence.

Lawrence sentiments

Several Lawrence residents attended a prayer vigil in Lawrence earlier Saturday to support keeping open the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office, and then drove to Topeka for the rally.

Two of those were Jake and Masha Kipp. Jake said Kansas has a tradition of moderate Republican and Democratic governors “who represent all the people, but this governor doesn’t.”

Richard Sengpiehl of Lawrence said he was also upset about Brownback’s decision to close the SRS office.

“It’s a question of priorities. His priorities haven’t been mine,” he said.

Brownback and SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. have said closing the office is needed to cut costs, but local advocates say it will result in vulnerable Kansans losing needed services.

Kaylyn Wright and Leslie Goodwin, two Kansas University seniors, also attended the rally, saying Brownback’s approval of a bill establishing abortion clinic regulations and licensing prompted them to form a pro-choice organization called Speak for Choice.

They said the law, which has been challenged in federal court, has nothing to do with protecting health but is designed to shut down clinics.

No police disruptions

The rally was initially called after Capitol police got involved in two earlier events.

During a rally June 24 on the Capitol grounds, police blocked members of the Kansas Equality Coalition from carrying U.S., Kansas and rainbow flags, saying that the flagpoles could be used as weapons.

News reports later showed that groups in the past had been allowed to bring flags on the Statehouse grounds.

On June 1, police interfered with a National Organization for Women news conference, saying that three spare tires that were being used as a prop had to be removed. The prop was in response to remarks by state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, who compared purchasing separate abortion insurance with carrying a spare tire in his car in case he had a flat.

On Saturday, there were no police outside monitoring the event. The groups unfurled large U.S. and rainbow flags.

Kurt Schueler, chair of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter of the Equality Coalition, said he wanted to make sure that no one’s rights were limited.

“We will not sit back and take it. We will not be denied our rights,” he said.

Comments

edjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

You're going down Brownback. Better watch Wisconsin very carefully.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 8 months ago

those who did not show up were afraid that the HIT Squads would take their pics...then later hunt them down...i saw the movie...!

the Gov was played by Arnold S.

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

Journal World sensors Tea Party viewpoints. This is liberal acceptance and understanding or should I say, communism.

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

Journal World sensors Tea Party viewpoints. This is liberal acceptance and understanding or should I say, communism.

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eyeye 2 years, 8 months ago

"God" may or may not forgive SUBSIDY Sam, but I imagine his SUBSIDY and Tax Exemption nourished cartels WILL forgive him and themselves. However, there's a whole lot of INNOCENT people, including 10s of thousands of CHILDREN, who have suffered and died, JUST LIKE JESUS, for ChurchCo's sins and LIES, including OUR soldiers.

So, forgiven or not, Sam, that only matters to you and yours, people are STILL DEAD and MAIMED and all of your piety will never change what "we" did and will do in the very near future to "the least amongst you" with "Jesus" plus NOTHING.

So, SUBSIDY Sam, IF you are authentically sorry, you must make amends; what are you going to do about the death and destruction caused by you and your financial backers, the Church-Chamber-of-Commerce.

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WilburNether 2 years, 8 months ago

"Jake said Kansas has a tradition of moderate Republican and Democratic governors “who represent all the people, but this governor doesn’t.”

What an incredibly foolish assertion. "Moderate Republican and Democratic governors" no more "represent all of the people" than Brownback does.

Get a clue, Mr. Kipp.

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pinecreek 2 years, 8 months ago

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

-Thomas Jefferson

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sierraclub 2 years, 8 months ago

When is the rally to protest our President's polices?

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback has a lot to learn from Noble Prize winner, John Nash.

When the rich greed and the poor grow poorer, eventually we all lose. When the rich give and help, as the poor grow and prosper, we all win.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Governor Brownback is supporting and representing a vast majority of Kansans who support traditional family values and believe in God. Certainly, if there is one thing this nation needs it is prayer and a return to God and the Bible. The morals of America are in decline and we need to return to our Judeo-Christian roots!

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

If there is a god, that must mean the devil is real also. Anyone want to bet which brownie serves?

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ksrush 2 years, 8 months ago

Dont worry fantasy fans your buddies in the lamestream media will make this protest look like a huge event and maybe even make some of the herd sound half way lucid. Well a big event anyway

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Everyone has the right to express their opinion on the issues I welcome the rally! However, my position and I believe the position of the majority of Kansans as expressed by the Kansas House and Kansas Senate is that abortion should be limited to the extent permitted by the law. Also, while homosexual persons have rights they should not be entitled to "special rights" and protections that go beyond that of the average citizen. Kansas is a conservative state and it is being expressed in our laws.

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nugget 2 years, 8 months ago

A Sam Brokeback prayer:

"Dear God,

Tonight watch over the Koch Brothers for me during my absence from the Right side of Kansas. Pray that we can maintain our corporate welfare subsidies so that their multi-billions continue to bless the Brothers. I know My God would want Us to strip the pre-schools, elementary schools, Jr. High Schools, High Schools and higher education of all adequate funding so that corporate welfare continues to watch over our precious billionaires. Please, dear God, help us deliver additional funding beyond our wildest dreams by removing any assistance for the elderly, handicapped, mentally ill, and those that are simply poor by removing those totally unnecessary funding. Furthermore, cast a curse on those who do not agree with me. For thine is the father, the $on, and the Holy Ghost. Amen."

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maybeso 2 years, 8 months ago

Yo Sam, God helps those who help themselves, right? So in addition to praying, why not actually try on your own to stop "being judgmental, unloving, focused on ourselves, lacking in mercy, hypocritical?" God don't hate, why you "high-profile" Christians gotta hate so much?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

They drew 30,000 for "the response". That's about half of what the Nebraska football team draws for its annual spring football scrimmage. Has to be a big disappointment for Perry. http://www.statesman.com/news/texas/30-000-people-fill-houston-stadium-for-the-1704786.html

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

"Meanwhile, Brownback was in Houston, attending a high-profile prayer event...."

A high-profile PRAYER event?!

Is there anything to be gained by reposting Matthew 6:5, yet AGAIN?

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 8 months ago

You would think they could display the flags in the correct order.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

brownback thinks he's the second coming of Christ - what do you think ?

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

I guess most people now think the Tea Party mostly just sucks. Oh well, so much for them.

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verity 2 years, 8 months ago

Good-hair Perry and Good-hair Brownback in 2012. Run, please run!

Palin has used up her fifteen minutes (which ran way overtime) and Bachmann is too crazy and addled for even the Republicans to consider.

If there is a God---well, I really suspect (s)he doesn't much like either of these guys.

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BOULEVARDWHEAT 2 years, 8 months ago

I would go to protest Bareback, but I wouldn't really want to get caught up in a pride march. Maybe next time.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Attendance at outdoor rallys is usually low when air temps are high.

Thing is, being ticked off at Brownback is nothing new and the rally was about as constructive as Brownback's trip to Texas.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 8 months ago

150 attendees...hardly news worthy, but Scott Rothschild continues his far left liberal "news" reporting.

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ksrush 2 years, 8 months ago

Another award winning pile of one sided lib refuse by Rothschild.

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situveux1 2 years, 8 months ago

More words in the story than people showing up at the "rally." Odd.

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cowboy 2 years, 8 months ago

Excertps from Browneye's prayer via Politico

"Then Brownback offered his own prayer. "Loving God, forgive us our many sins; for being judgmental, unloving, focused on ourselves, lacking in mercy, hypocritical," he said. "We are sinful and flawed; yet use us anyway by and for your glory and purposes that we may all live quiet and peaceful lives." Continue Reading

"We need you. America needs you. I pray this in your name," he finished."

That's more self insight than this nitwit has displayed in his entire life !

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btsflk 2 years, 8 months ago

For those who missed this rally, there is an event scheduled for 6PM Wed, at 9th and Mass, to show our legislators(?) how unhappy we are with their incompetance. It would be great if more than 150 people showed up.

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damnitimpissed 2 years, 8 months ago

Correction Journal World: That woman in the photo is NOT "Marsha". It is either Maia or Masha. I am acquainted with the couple. Thanks.

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Centurion 2 years, 8 months ago

So what if they are a minority. Does that mean they don't deserve equal rights like the rest of us?

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 8 months ago

Sam prays his gay away, while concurrently others pray he won't harm the poor. Which is more "godly"? Opinion, goddies? Which sounds more likely to gain the approval of a giant toga-and-sandal-loving Santa Claus?

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Timothy Eugene 2 years, 8 months ago

150? That's it? A state with a population of over 2.8 million and you only get 150? Goes to show what a minor minority you are. Gays make up (by last research) 1.7 % of the worlds population. Minor minority.

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