Several colleges in Kansas are ignoring a recent order by Governor Sam Brownback repealing a policy that barred discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender state employees.
Wichita State, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas have all released statements saying that they would not discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation. Fort Hays State University President Dr. Mirta Martin issued a statement via email to all university faculty and staff saying that the school would not discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation.
Brownback’s decision last week rescinded an executive order issued in August 2007 by then-Democrat Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who later served as President Obama’s health secretary. Brownback said Sebelius acted unilaterally and legislators should set such policies.
On the federal level, LGBT government workers are protected from discrimination. Later this year, federal contractors will also be required to protect their employees against gender and sexuality-based discrimination when new rules ordered by an executive order are implemented.