Kansas State Reps. Jan Pauls (a Democrat) and Lance Kinzer (a Republican) don’t care if the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas invalidated all laws of the land criminalizing homosexuality: they don’t want to see the language removed from the state’s law books. Which is why, Kansas Equality Coalition relays, they struck language from a bill before the House that would have finally put to rest meaningless anti-gay statutes.
State Representatives Jan Pauls (D, Hutchinson), and Lance Kinzer (R, Olathe) said yesterday that being gay or lesbian should remain a crime in Kansas. Pauls made, with Kinzer’s support, the successful motion in the Kansas Legislature’s Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to keep the criminalization of gay and lesbian relationships on the books. Their action removed key language from HB2321, proposed by the Kansas Judicial Council, which would have resolved inconsistencies in Kansas criminal code, as well as remove unconstitutional laws.
“Jan Pauls was trusted to be a judge before becoming a state representative, and should know better than to support unconstitutional laws, breaking her oath to defend the Constitution,” said Jon Powell, Chair of the Hutchinson Area chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition. “We are fed up with her obvious support of harassment of gays and lesbians. We will not be bullied.”
Almost makes you wish other states’ lawmakers would just up and flee to another jurisdiction.