Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (right) has a list of more than 50 outdated statutes he wants to repeal, but the state’s unconstitutional sodomy law isn’t one of them.
Unsurprisingly, this has ticked off LGBT activists in the state.
“We’re not disappointed, we’re angry,” said Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, a state gay rights group. “We are angry that the governor of a state wants to keep a statute on the books that says gay people deserve to go to jail.”
Although the law is unlikely to be enforced, getting it off the books is advisable in case the Supreme Court should ever overturn its 2003 ruling, said Charles Joughin, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.
The Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws were unconstitutional in 200
73’s Lawrence vs. Texas, but Brownback, a conservative Republican, has some wonky views when it comes to us gays: He believes homosexuality to be a violation of both Catholic doctrine and natural law. As a senator, he even attempted to block the confirmation of federal judge Janet T. Neff simply because she had attended a same-sex commitment ceremony. (Brownback later said he’d approve her if she recused herself from any case involving same-sex ceremonies.)
In fact the only smart thing we can tell Brownback has done is create the Office of the Repealer, which has recommended repealing dozens of laws covering agriculture, taxes, labor and more. Seems like the guy thinks its best to get government out of areas it doesn’t belong in—unless it suits his personal values.
Man, we almost wish this a-hole was running for president. We could come up with a definition for “Brownback” that’d make Santorum sound like Mom’s apple pie.
Anyone want to offer a suggestion? Drop your definition in the comments below.