Another Kansas town might reject an ordinance granting special
rights to homosexuals. It will be on the ballot in November.
In Salina, which is north of Wichita, the city council in May
approved an ordinance for homosexuals and transgendered people in
housing, public accommodation and employment. Robert Noland of the
Policy Council tells OneNewsNow his organization worked with
the local citizens who objected to launch a petition drive.
"In August we turned in over 2,400 signatures to that effect,"
he says. "We only needed about 1,290 signatures to accomplish our
goal, and in late August it was affirmed that we had collected
enough and at that point it would come before the city
The commission had the option of repealing the ordinance or
putting it on the ballot. They opted last week to put it on the
November ballot. Voters in Hutchinson, Kansas, also will vote on
whether to take action on a similar ordinance in their town. The
Kansas city of Manhattan had passed such an ordinance, and a
petition drive to overturn it was started but an election
interrupted the process.
"They got rid of some city commissioners and elected some new
ones, and before the petition process was complete, the city
commission repealed it on their own," he explains.
One by one, residents in these cities have risen to the
occasion, using the democratic process to make sure the majority
view in the city is respected.