Kansas & Ohio Governors Issue LGBT-Inclusive Protections For State Employees

In what we can only describe as a fantastic trend, two governors of traditionally conservative 'red' states have banned LGBT discrimination via executive order.

As her first official act since being sworn into office, newly-installed Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) has signed an executive order instructing state agencies to prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees.

In a tweet, Kelly said she was “reinstating protections” to state LGBT employees that were “taken away in recent years.”

Her predecessor, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, eliminated those protections in 2015 – the same year marriage equality became the law of the land.



Ohio’s new governor, Mike DeWine (R), issued a similar executive order on his first day in office on Monday prohibiting LGBT discrimination in regard to state employees.

Executive Order 2019-05D, signed by DeWine, basically renews the LGBT-inclusive directive signed by out-going Gov. John Kasich just days before he left office.

Neither Kansas nor Ohio have statewide laws that protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.



Unfortunately, the story in Florida isn’t as positive.

As Instinct as previously reported, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) chose not to add LGBTs to his executive order regarding discrimination against state employees.

There's still work to do…

(h/t Washington Blade)

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