To:  Linda Morse

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

Please elaborate on your position:

The constitutions of the United States and the State of Kansas assure that all people should be treated equally. It is logical for the City of Manhattan to be in step with the policies of the major employers in the region - that includes Fort Riley, USDA, K-State, USD 383 and CivicPlus.

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

Please elaborate on your position:

Same as above

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

Please elaborate on your position:

The constitutions provide for separation of church and state. It should be illegal to discriminate against law abiding citizens in the above instances.

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

NO

Please elaborate on your position:

I was proud that K-State and USD 383 quickly reinforced their commitment to the existing non-discrimination polices that include these legal protections.

 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

 Please elaborate on your position:

As in my previous comments, I believe that everyone should be treated equally. Until everyone is truly treated equally, I think it is necessary to spell out protections.

 

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