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Topeka adds sexual orientation, gender identity bias to Commission’s role

Thursday, September 19, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Topeka City Council has voted to expand the work of the city’s Human Relations Commission to include education about discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Topeka, Kan.

Topeka, Kan.

The ordinance passed Tuesday by the council does not include any specific protections for people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

It says only that the commission will include those groups in its efforts to educate people about discrimination.

Council member Chad Manspeaker, who proposed the ordinance, told LGBTQ Nation that expanding the Commission’s charter is a necessary first step in efforts to establishing legal protections for the Tokepa’s LGBT residents.

“It’s baby steps towards ensuring that gay and lesbian and transgender folk are not discriminated against,” he said. “We want people to live freely in our community and we can’t do that without these protections.”

Manspeaker said Topeka “has a national reputation for being the home of groups who spread a message of hate,” referring to the Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, which is located in his district.

The council approved the ordinance after hearing more than an hour of testimony. A majority of the speakers were in favor of the ordinance.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports opponents indicated after they vote they would try to overturn the decision through a petition.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Nyehehe, looks like my uncle can no longer be a bigoted prick. >3

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:44pm
  2. Isn’t there where westboro baptist freaks are?

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:46pm
  3. yep

    Replied on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:29pm
  4. Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:09pm
  5. I guess hell has frozen over.

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:10pm
  6. yay

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:33pm
  7. Way to piss of the WBC bastards! :D

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:41pm
  8. Frankly My Queers, I Don't Give A Damn

    Replied on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:43pm
  9. It’s a start, but still doesn’t go far enough. I still demand full protection from discrimination.

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:13pm
  10. This is a step in the right direction.

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 8:09pm
  11. One Giant Leap!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:11pm
  12. Sure that ll piss the westbozo church off, excellent!

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:32pm
  13. It's gonna piss off that evil Westbozo cult, all right, in fact; I can only hope that this will make that turd Fred Waldon Phelps, Sr. have either a MASSIVE HEART ATTACK or a MASSIVE STROKE...that would put him where he belongs: six feet below the frigid ground!!! ;)

    Replied on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 4:37am
  14. One can only hope you know you hear about church burnings, they re missing one

    Replied on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:42pm
  15. That should flip out the westboro nuts

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:56pm
  16. “Toto, I Have A Feeling, This Will Be Great For Kansas” “This Is The Best Way Over The Rainbow”

    Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:42pm
  17. I wonder when the westboros are going to start their next pointless protest….

    Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:47am
  18. Has Fred Phelps head exploded yet?

    Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:28am
  19. Hahahahaaa!! Take that u bigots!! I guess they missed a verse in the book of john that says” God is love”…and they dont realize that they aren’t perfect…they’re the likely candidates to burn in Hell. Heehee they’re in for a hot mess if u use their line of reasoning u can use the Bible against them if ur familiar enough with it

    Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:37am
  20. Where’s Phelps’ church located at any way?

    Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:49pm