Topeka — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t just interested in cracking down on illegal immigration.
Last week, at the Republican Party National Convention platform committee meeting in Tampa, Fla., Kobach argued against an amendment to the GOP’s party platform that would have backed same-sex civil unions.
In speaking against the proposal, Kobach equated same-sex relationships with drug abuse and polygamy. “Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves, like, for example, the use of controlled substances, like, for example, polygamy that is voluntarily entered into,” Kobach said. “We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people, at least directly. So this is worded way too broadly for inclusion in the platform.”
Thomas Witt, executive director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, said Kobach’s comments weren’t surprising, but they were disappointing.
“You would think that after spending some time in government, he would know that gay and lesbian people are just people too. We are not criminals,” Witt said.
Kobach denied he was comparing the two, but rather he was arguing against the broadness of the proposal.
"I didn't in any way equate homosexuality with drug use or polygamy," said Kobach.