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Kansas Equality Coalition criticizes 2 state legislators

March 8, 2011

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— A group that advocates for gays and lesbians on Tuesday blasted two legislators, saying they are working to keep in state law a statute that has been declared unconstitutional.

The two legislators, state Reps. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, and Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson, said the criticism from the Kansas Equality Coalition was off base.

The dispute is over language in House Bill 2321. During a committee meeting Tuesday, Pauls, with Kinzer’s support, kept in language that criminalizes gay and lesbian relationships despite a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down such laws.

Thomas Witt, state chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, said Pauls and Kinzer should be stripped of their leadership positions on the House Judiciary Committee because they “willfully ignore the Constitution.”

Pauls and Kinzer said the unconstitutional statute wasn’t being enforced and language to repeal it was contained in another bill.

The Hutchinson chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition is organizing a demonstration to raise awareness about Pauls’ actions on March 17 in Hutchinson.

“We are fed up with her obvious support of harassment of gays and lesbians,” said Jon Powell, chair of the Hutchinson chapter of the KEC.

Comments

ThomasWitt 3 years, 5 months ago

Representative Jan Pauls' story has changed. When I spoke to her yesterday morning about her reasons for this outrageous act, she told me that with the same-sex sodomy repeal in the bill "it wouldn't pass," and implied that the other items were more important than our constitutional rights.

The fact is this: Pauls and Kinzer have two of the worst voting records on equality issues in the state. Pauls opposes, every year, our attempts to add sexual orientation to the state non-discrimination statutes, and Kinzer was behind the 2007/2008 attempt to remove Lawrence's domestic partner registry.

What they're doing in these responses is covering their rear ends, and they're not being honest with the voters. It's time to hold people like Representatives Kinzer and Pauls accountable for their support of unconstitutional laws, remove them from their leadership positions, and next Election Day, remove them from office.

Thomas Witt, Chair Kansas Equality Coalition

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JP462 3 years, 5 months ago

KEC LOBBYIST TOM WITT TO BE ON SIRIUS- XM RADIO THIS AFTERNOON on the Michelangelo Signorile Show at 3:30 Central Time XM channel 98 / Sirius channel 98 He will be discussing Representative Jan Pauls Dem of Hutchinson and Olathe Rep Lance Kinser are keeping UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS on the KANSAS statutes that will allow victimization of gay persons...

Whether it is this issue or any others... Gov Brownback requested that laws that are outdated and Unconstitutional be repealed..He has even added a staff position for this..THE OFFICE OF THE REPEALER..

This just proves that RELIGION and POLITICS dont mix...that is the only reason they are doing this....

STOP THIS or the USA will be just like the Middle East...where religion is the law...

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