Topeka is in rapid fire homophobia mode this week. It’s happening so fast that I can’t keep up.
First there was the CARE Family Senate bill 158 introduced earlier this week. Let me sum that up for you. If you want to be a 1st tier foster family in Kansas you have to look and act like Ward and June Cleaver. You must be a heterosexual, happily married couple who doesn’t drink or smoke and you can only have happy thoughts about Jesus. If you are all of those things, you will be awarded by the state with more money to foster children. That doesn’t sound like a morality bribe to me.
Then came the announcement yesterday that Gov. Brownback rescinded anti-discrimination protection for LGBT state workers.
“This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did,” Brownback said in a statement. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action. The order also reaffirms our commitment to hiring, mentoring and recognizing veterans and individuals with disabilities.”
Each one of these actions required their own blog entry, but honestly I just don’t have time. Can I please recommend that Topeka just ssssllllooowwwss down on the homophobia. It’s only February! Pace yourself better. I mean if you do all this by March, the rest of the year is going to be a homophobia snoozefest!
I heard all the states got together and based on your pace and your passion for homophobia – Kansas I’m happy to announce that you have been crowned Mr. Homophobia 2015! Way to go. Once you set your mind to something Kansas, nothing gets in your way.
(Cue balloon drop and the crowd goes wild!)
As Mr. Homophobia 2015 your duties will include:
1. Launching a nationwide speaking tour entitled: How to successfully turn back the clock on your state to 1950!
2. Attract Kansas government employees with the slogan- Kansas is the way minus the gay.
3. Meet with children all over Kansas who are waiting to be placed with a foster family. Explain to them that there may be loving and caring foster families available, but because those families might be with two men who love each other – sorry kiddos you are just going to have to wait. I’m sure those children who just want to be in a loving home won’t mind.
Congratulations Kansas! I’m sure you are thrilled with your new title, however, the rest of us are embarrassed.