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Filed under: political musings, LGBT — Peg Britton @ 11:58 am

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.


  1. One might think that being home to the Phelps clan would be about as much embarrassment as Kansans could stand, but it’s obvious that voters in the last election needed another dose of shame put upon the state by electing to office those who use prejudice and discrimination as a means of trying to gain some political collateral.

    Although Kansas certainly is not alone in this respect, as we can see across the country, after an election that supposedly was about jobs and the economy, state legislatures, and even Congress, trying to defend discrimination or even shore it up even more, i. e. Boehner and his cronies now ready to spend taxpayers’ money to defend DOMA. How many of those who voted to get a Republican majority in Congress thought this was what was going to be a priority?

    Comment by triptotheouthouse — 3/9/2011 @ 8:44 pm

  2. Jesus Christ. Most of us with an IQ above 12 know that liberals and Democrats harbor a fundmentalist retardation that makes Southern Baptists blush, and the independents among us try to sort of bring them along as best we can, accounting for their very limited understanding of the world and how it works, but this is a record. Doesn’t a single Democrat or gay activist know how to use Google? Paul, a DEMOCRAT, was simply saying that there’s no reason to continue to fight battle after battle that have already been won. Her point is that it’s idiotic to pass measure after measure that repeat what the courts have already established. And voila! The left-leaning fundamentalist retards lump her in with Fred Phelps. Jesus Effin Christ, people, you’re intentionally making the Tea Party look like Rhodes Scholars. Let’s step up our game or at least learn to read. Try to buy a 1937 MuGuffey’s reader and see if you can learn the basic fundamentals of third-grade reading comprehension, and then maybe we can have a halfway intelligent conversation. How embarrassing.

    Comment by kgaston — 3/10/2011 @ 12:27 am

  3. Thanks for a heads up. I love Saint Patricks Day. The Irish were also discriminated against. For a worthwhile St. Pat’s Day I am going to Hutchinson to show support. How about others, a great way to demonstrate how we feel about the crazyness of Rep. Pauls. Join the Hutchinson Chapter of Kansas Equality Coalition March on that day, lets turn out big time.

    Comment by lbiggs — 3/10/2011 @ 1:59 pm

  4. @lbiggs: I’d love to go to Hutch, but I just can’t manage trips like that anymore. Daughter, Ally, is going and so you must seek her out and say hello. Her partner will be there also. If you want her to bring you some mustard sauce, I bet she’d do that for you. She just filled another 50 pint orders.


    Comment by Peg Britton — 3/10/2011 @ 2:22 pm

  5. In reply to kgaston - YOU DONT GET IT….

    Dont be so quick to start accusing me of being ignorant and not having a high IQ..

    It is Jan Pauls, Democrat from Hutchinson- she has done NOTHING for LGBT Equality in Kansas, NOTHING. In fact every year our group- the Kansas Equality Coalition introduces LGBT non-discrimination Bills in the legislature- SHE PERSONALLY testifies AGAINST them in committee, and NOT EVEN HER COMMITTEE. She is against any LGBT issue..So dont comment that this is about redundancy–IT IS NOT - she is a BIGOT Sir!!

    We are talking about REPEALING AN UNCONSTITUIONAL LAW, something VERY SIMPLE…

    So dont give me this CRAP about her trying to repeat and battles—and YES– she is no better than FRED PHELPS…or anyone else who promotes HATE and BIGOTRY….

    Do some research and you would have found this out…


    Its time people speak up about things like this…

    DEMS have been giving a pass for to long in this state– NO MORE!!!
    Maybe if they, the DEMS, stood up for the underdogs more often they would garner more support!!!

    Comment by KansasLiberal — 3/10/2011 @ 2:33 pm

  6. Peg: Yes two pints of mustard sauce please. Tell her I will be the guy(completely white hair not quite pony tail length yet.) I will seek and find her,among the throngs of people. Maybe I can wear a sticker that says Mustard Sauce. thanks


    Comment by lbiggs — 3/10/2011 @ 3:19 pm

  7. Still not seeing anything that resembles a real issue from these Reps that merits an accusation of “making being gay in Kansas a crime.” It’s such a ridiculously weird idea in 2011 that I’m amazed people bite on that lure. Perhaps I’m missing something. I’m still only seeing a number of gay advocacy sites making these accusations after reacting to the pols themselves simply saying there’s no point in pursuing meaningless legislation. If something actually turns up, mea culpa, but I think we have to be careful not to act exactly like mirror images of the fundamentalist conservatives who read only material that supports their views and then react in a knee-jerk manner to stories that are nonexistent. There’s a strange, weird, odd (Hello? Roget’s?) phenomenon going on in our political discourse now where both sides have tremendous trouble understanding tit for tat. Like Dem senators in Wisconsin fleeing the state (AAAA!!! We might have to vote!), and union thugs occupying the Capitol and trying to block GOP legislators by force from getting to their offices or the floor for a vote on public union benefits (none of which worked; it all passed with ease). Is this the kind of behavior anyone would tolerate from Republicans in any state on a vote for, I dunno, abortion rights, gay marriage, environmental legislation? If we expect conservatives to act like adults, we should probably do the same. In Wisconsin we’re seeing death threats e-mailed to all Senate Republicans and promises to recall them all. Really? I’m guessing all this stuff has happened because GOP candidates won huge in 2010; it would be pretty weird to think of a sudden Dem recall surge now. There are consequences to losing elections. Did the entire Senate and House in Washington flee the country when Obama won in 2008 or Dems took the House in 2006? How silly would that be? But with Wisconsin Dems we’re supposed to be tolerant or supportive.

    Comment by kgaston — 3/11/2011 @ 3:06 am

  8. Ah, Ken, I’d like to inhabit the alternate reality you’ve created for yourself. You can live in you’re world, but I’m choosing to remain in reality and hold people accountable for their poor decisions. Small town police, continue to this day to prosecute people using laws that have long been held unconstitutional. Last time I checked, most police aren’t constitutional scholars and enforce the laws they see in the statute books. As long as this abhorrent law remains on the book, LGBT Kansas can be arrested for intimacy behind the closed door of their homes. That is not acceptable and it is certainly not acceptable for a former judge, and a Democratic state Rep to lead the way to keep this law on the books. The state party platform espouses equality for LGBT Kansans, and this state Rep isn’t upholding her party’s position. She needs to go.

    Comment by RC — 3/11/2011 @ 10:20 pm

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