To:  Jerred McKee

 From:  FHHRP Board of Directors

 Re:  April 2015 Voters’ Guide

 1-      Would you support amending the City of Manhattan’s non-discrimination hiring policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity?                                             

YES                   

I would absolutely support amending Manhattan’s hiring policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  Not only do I think it is important if the city wants to continue to recruit top talent to work in our local government, but it sets an important precedence that Manhattan is community that welcomes all people regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

 2-      Would you support amending the City of Manhattan’s Civil Rights Ordinance (Ch. 10, Sec. 10-2b) to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class as it relates to housing, employment, and public accommodation?  

YES               

As a gay man one of my biggest fears is that at any time my landlord or employer could evict or fire me because of my sexual orientation. We need to be sure that in Manhattan people are hired and provided housing based on their merits and character. As we continue to grow and continue to attract a diverse population to the city these fundamental rights will continue to grow in importance. No one would should have to live in fear.  

  3-      Do you believe it should be illegal for individuals to discriminate in connection with public accommodation (dining, shopping, etc...), employment, and housing by citing personal beliefs such as religion?                                                                                              

 YES                       

 If you are a business open to the public then you need to provide services to the public as a whole. Discriminating based on sexual orientation is no different than discriminating based on race, religion, age, sex, national origin, or disability.

4-      Do you support Governor Brownback’s executive order to strip legal protection to state-employed LGBT citizens?                                                                         

NO

 I absolutely do not support Governor Brownback’s executive order. The most fundamental job of any government is to protect its citizens. This order leaves state employees who identify as LGBT vulnerable to being exposed to an unsafe work environment. Their basic right to be judged at the workplace solely for their performance has been taken away from them. This is a step backwards for Kansas.

 5-      The city commission, as a body, often supports or opposes proposed state legislation or advocates for changes in existing legislation.  Do you support HB 2323, recently amended and reintroduced in the Kansas House of Representatives, which states that sexual orientation and gender identity should become protected classes, such as religious preference or military service, both which are protected classes, in the state’s nondiscrimination policy?      

YES                

I would support adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s protected classes list. One of the biggest honors of becoming a city commissioner would be to help provide a voice to the LGBT community. I will do everything in my power to be sure that EVERYONE feels safe and welcome in Kansas. We live in a state with an extraordinary history of protecting people’s basic human rights. I want to continue to honor that legacy.

 

 

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