Two Kansas cities rose up against homosexual and gender-identity
Earlier this year in Salina, Kansas, the city council passed an
ordinance granting special legal protections for gender identity
and sexual orientation. Citizens drafted a protest position, and
Robert Noland of the Kansas Family Policy Council tells OneNewsNow
it was successful and city officials opted to put it on the
"And in Salina, Kansas, the voters have voted to repeal the
ordinance granting special protections based on sexual orientation
and gender identity by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent," he
In Hutchinson, the city passed a limited ordinance along the
same lines but also began talking about expanding the protections
later. Citizens launched a successful protest petition, and the
city council overturned the ordinance.
"The interesting twist in Hutchinson was that the statewide
group advocating for homosexual rights also submitted a petition to
put a new ordinance on the ballot to expand protections," Noland
The group of opponents got into action again, and voters in
Hutchinson rejected the proposed ordinance 58 percent to 42
percent. Noland believes the outcome in both cities sends a message
to the entire state about how citizens feel about special
protections for homosexuals and transgendered people.
The campaign to amend the Minnesota constitution to protect
traditional marriage is going to be a close call. At the same time,
a recent poll shows that the race to overturn homosexual "marriage"
in Maryland is heating up.