Response to Zorra (Original post)
Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:17 PM
kiernen143 (6 posts)
5. Kansas House Bill 2260
I was very disappointed this bill passed the judiciary committee today, and even more upset that our own Jan Pauls is still throwing us under the bus. This is a very important bill to the religious anti-gay because it gives them the legal right to discriminate against LGBT people.
Kansas Equality Coalition has a lobbyist in Topeka, and here is the email I just received from him:
STATE REP JAN PAULS INSINUATES PEDOPHILIA AS JUSTIFICATION FOR DISCRIMINATION
In the House Judiciary Committee today, State Representative Jan Pauls repeatedly asserted that "gays and crossdressers" don't deserve protection from discrimination, and insinuated that we shouldn't be allowed to work in day care centers, and shouldn't be permitted to be foster parents. In a committee session lasting two hours, Pauls repeated attacked the right of LGBT Kansans to live our lives in peace, without having to worry about being fired, evicted, or refused service just because of our sexual orientations and gender identity.
At a legislative forum in Hutchinson on Saturday, Pauls launched a vicious attack on Kansas’ LGBT community. Saying local laws shouldn’t protect “gays and crossdressers,” she declared her support for HB2260, the pending bill that will nullify all local laws banning discrimination against LGBT Kansans.
Check out her rambling, anti-LGBT remarks here:
This isn’t the first time Jan Pauls has attacked the LGBT community. In her 20 years as a state representative, Pauls has targeted our community with a series of bigoted legislative attacks:
--- In 1996, she drafted and backed the Kansas “Defense of Marriage Act,” which banned recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states;
--- In 2005, she drafted and backed the constitutional amendment permanently banning marriage equality in the state of Kansas;
--- Last year, she blocked the repeal of the unconstitutional law criminalizing gay and lesbian relationships;
--- In every legislative session since 2007, Jan Pauls has opposed our efforts to add LGBT discrimination protections to Kansas law. She testifies against us in every hearing, and has often referred to LGBT Kansans in very insulting and demeaning terms.
--- Year after year, she has allied herself with the most anti-LGBT extremists in the Kansas legislature, and has used that alliance to make sure we are denied the same rights everyone else enjoys.
It’s time for Jan Pauls to be held accountable for her out-of-touch views. It’s time for Jan Pauls to be removed from any position of authority, and voted out of office.
While it’s important to note that Kansas Equality Coalition is a non-partisan organization, many of our members are Democrats and are active members of the Kansas Democratic Party. Pauls is also a Democrat, and she needs to hear from the Democratic Party that her views are in direct violation of that party’s official platform (http://ksdp.org/party/platform):
“Kansas Democrats believe in equal rights for every Kansan regardless of race, color, age, physical abilities, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”
--- From the Kansas Democratic Party Platform
Even though Pauls has worked against her party’s own platform for years, she keeps being rewarded with leadership appointments. This must end!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
--- Let Jan Pauls know how unhappy you are with her out of touch, anti-LGBT statements:
Rep. Janice L. Pauls
Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th St., Room 451-S
Topeka, Kansas 66612
1634 North Baker
Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
--- Support our continued work across the state of Kansas. If you’re not already a member of the Equality Coalition, you may join at http://www.kansasequalitycoalition.org/join/. If you’d like to make a contribution, your money will be invested in fighting every attempt by the anti-LGBT extremists to limit our rights. Contribution information is at http://www.kansasequalitycoalition.org/contact.php
--- Tell the Democratic Party it’s time to stop coddling Jan Pauls. She is currently the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary committee. This committee is responsible for hearing almost all bills regarding our Kansas system of justice – from jails to courts, from corporate law to civil rights law. Her support for the unconstitutional criminalization of gay and lesbian relationships is unacceptable, and should immediately disqualify her from serving in a position of such grave responsibility. Democratic Party leadership has also rewarded Pauls with an appointment to the Kansas Sentencing Commission, a position in which she participates in the oversight of jails and prisons around the state. Her support of unconstitutional criminal laws renders her unfit for either position. We call on the Democratic Party to stop rewarding Pauls for her anti-LGBT agenda, and immediately remove her from these appointments.
Joan Wagnon, Chair
Kansas Democratic Party
P.O. Box 1914
Topeka, KS 66601-1914
Twitter: @ kansasdems
Paul Davis, House Democratic Leader
Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th St., Room 359-W
Topeka, Kansas 66612
--- If you live in Reno County, contact the local Democratic Party:
Reno County Democrats
PO Box 622
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0622
--- If you are a Democratic Party activist, make your views known at this weekend’s Kansas Democratic Party’s state convention. More information on their annual conference, known as Washington Days, is at http://www.kansasdems.org/washingtondays . There is no charge to attend any of the meetings; the ticket prices are for the banquet and luncheon only.
We did not pick this confrontation with the Legislature, or with Jan Pauls, but we are not going to walk away from it. This isn't 2005 anymore, when an unorganized LGBT community could be walked over by an extremist minority. We will not back down, we will not go away; we will fight bigotry every step of the way.
Thomas Witt, Executive Director
Kansas Equality Coalition
Mobile 316-683-1706 | Office 316-260-4863
"The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others." -Julian Bond
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