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Kansas GOP votes to oppose validating transgender identity

February 19, 2018, 12:37 p.m. Updated February 19, 2018, 2:18 p.m.


— The Kansas Republican Party has approved a resolution that opposes "all efforts to validate transgender identity," including opposing any medical treatments to alter a person's body to conform with his or her perceived gender identity.

The resolution, approved Saturday by the party's state committee during its annual meeting in Wichita, said the GOP affirms "God's design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception," The Wichita Eagle reported. The resolution was approved on a voice vote by the committee, which includes about 180 people.

The resolution's sponsor, Eric Teetsel, president of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, noted the statement also recognizes the dignity of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. He said he was motivated by love to sponsor the resolution because he believes the GOP needs to be willing to stand up for its Christian principles.

"Ultimately, an ideology that says you can determine your own gender identity is broken and it's going to lead to a lot of pain, and that's why it's important to bring us back to what we know to be true and good," Teetsel said.

Equality Kansas, which advocates for LGBT rights, said it was "incredibly disappointed" that Kansas Republicans had promoted "such an undignified and crass assault."

"This is a cheap election year attack by (former Kansas governor) Sam Brownback's son-in-law (Teetsel), and yet another attempt to dehumanize those who do not fit inside the narrow world view of Brownback, his family, and his wing of the Republican party," Equality Kansas director Tom Witt said in a statement.

The Kansas Republican Party platform doesn't address transgender rights but does say that "our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage," and opposes same-sex marriage.

"You go back to, what does the Republican Party stand for? What does our platform stand for? And I think that the committee felt that it aligned with our platform and so, they supported it," Kansas Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold said.

Paige Hungate, student body president of Wichita State University, opposed the resolution, saying she feared it would keep people away from the party as it tries to become more welcoming.

"To me, it is not a pressing issue for us to state that we believe in only two genders. This hurts us more than it helps us; this makes us seem less willing to accept individuals into the party who may not identify with that stance," Hungate said.


Alex Landazuri 3 months ago

they have been saying this since the beginning of time...why is this news?

Ken Lassman 3 months ago

Because the Republicans have a long history of spending inordinate amounts of time searching for, finding and then running up a flagpole ideological litmus tests that they think are why they are in government instead of actually doing things that benefit the citizens of Kansas.

Alex Landazuri 3 months ago

thats my point. they have yet to do anything productive to help the state. they have completely forgotten about the separation of church and state and strive to have a christian rule of law imposed on this country rather than acknowledging that people have different religious views and move on.

Ken Schmidt 3 months ago

Interesting: In other news, the same lawmakers are happy to accept campaign donations from aesthetic practitioners such as plastic surgeons who perform surgical procedures like breast augmentation to alter a person's body to conform with gender identity. Likewise, they are happy to receive money from other practitioners who provide hormone therapy (testosterone/estrogen) to patients testing low because of age or a disease process; many times to help regain or stimulate sexual traits. How about we stop trying to figure out how to make folks second class citizens or remove their rights--and get on with the task of balancing a budget, providing for our schools, paving our roads and simply having empathy for our fellow human beings--not just those who can pay the most...

Daniel Kennamore 3 months ago

"The resolution, approved Saturday by the party's state committed during its annual meeting in Wichita, said the GOP affirms "God's design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception," The Wichita Eagle reported."

So much for that whole separation of church and state thing.

Jillian Andrews 3 months ago

So the GOP ignores science in favor of "god's design"? Shocking. Morons 'til their last breath...

P Allen Macfarlane 2 months, 4 weeks ago

It's still the same old middle-aged, white-guy's party.

Richard Neuschafer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Once idiots. Always idiots. "Conservatives" stuck in the dark ages as usual.

Brock Masters 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is an example of the GOP’s hypocrisy that drove me away from the party. They are supposed to be the party of limited government, individual freedom and inclusivity but are not any of those things.

I don’t support every issue transgendered people support, but I support their right to live their lives as they see fit without government interference. Their actions do not harm anyone which is my litmus test for living and let live.

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