What is going on here reminds me of the ridiculous liquor laws that were in place not so many years ago that required, among other outlandish things, all alcoholic drinks removed from passengers in air flights over Kansas. It would seem Pauls and Kinzer are working toward the ouster of all gays from Kansas (in which case it couldn’t function) which would lead to banning all gays from passing over our borders into Kansas. The conservative efforts that are taking place in Kansas will wring the life out of our state.
KEC Lobbyist Tom Will will be featured 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’ effort to keep unconstitutional laws on the Kansas statutes books that will allow victimization of homosexual persons.
State Representatives Jan Pauls (D, Hutchinson), and Lance Kinzer (R, Olathe) said yesterday that being gay or lesbian should remain a crime in Kansas. Pauls made, with Kinzer’s support, the successful motion in the Kansas Legislature’s Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to keep the criminalization of gay and lesbian relationships on the books. Their action removed key language from HB2321, proposed by the Kansas Judicial Council, which would have resolved inconsistencies in Kansas criminal code, as well as remove unconstitutional laws.
“Jan Pauls was trusted to be a judge before becoming a state representative, and should know better than to support unconstitutional laws, breaking her oath to defend the Constitution,” said Jon Powell, Chair of the Hutchinson Area chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition. “We are fed up with her obvious support of harassment of gays and lesbians. We will not be bullied.”
“Representatives Pauls’ endorsement of an unconstitutional statute that’s used to threaten and discriminate against law-abiding Kansas citizens is an outrage,” said Thomas Witt, state Chairman for the Kansas Equality Coalition. “She took an oath as both judge and state representative to uphold the Constitution. We insist that Representative Kinzer and Pauls be immediately removed as Chair and Ranking Minority from the House Judiciary Committee. Legislators who willfully ignore the Constitution should never be in positions of leadership and responsibility.”
The Hutchinson Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition is organizing a peaceful demonstration to raise awareness of Representative Pauls’ actions, to take place Thursday, March 17, in downtown Hutchinson. The demonstration will begin at 6pm, and will take place at the intersections of Main and Avenues A and B.