Thursday, February 04, 2010

Good news out of Topeka, Kansas

A Kansas legislative committee has approved a bill outlawing discrimination against LGBT people. This is the second year the Senate committee has passed the bill, but it's the first time this has happened early enough in the session for the measure to have a chance of getting a floor vote.

Kudos to the Kansas Equality Coalition for pushing and pushing and pushing on this bill. At best, this can be called the beginning of the process, not the end, but it is always good to see a victory, particularly in bright red Kansas.

The money quote:

Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, noted the national discussion about ending the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy.

"The bottom line," he said, "is we've gotten to a place we are finding these types of things are really not acceptable."

Disclosure Alert: I helped found the Kansas Equality Coalition, but I no longer serve on its board or work with the group.

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