Never let it be said that Kansas Republicans keep track of the year, or maybe the century they live in. Thanks to Representative Garber, Representative Donohoe, Representative French, Representative Helmer, Representative Highland we’ve now watched State House Republicans introduce legislation that tried to eradicate gay marriage — at the same time, they imply that people who identify as LGBTQ may actually be part of a secret society.
The legislation offers some doozies:
WHEREAS, The sworn testimonies of ex-gays, medical experts, persecuted Christians and licensed ministers demonstrate that there is no real proof that a gay gene exists, that the idea that sexual orientation is predicated on immutability is not proven and that sexual orientation is a mythology, dogma, doctrine or orthodoxy that is inseparably linked to the religion of secular humanism; and
WHEREAS, The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community is organized, full and has a daily code by which members may guide their daily lives, which makes it a denominational sect that is inseparably part of the religion of secular humanism; and
In quick text messages to my friends who identify as LGBTQ, no one was aware of any daily code or guide, though one friend offered to share their Netflix, which was nice.
The legislation continues:
WHEREAS, Instead of having a cross, the ten commandments icon, or star and crescent, the LGBTQ secular humanist community has the gay pride rainbow colored flag to symbolize its faith-based worldview; and
WHEREAS, The history of parody marriages is that most forms were illegal until recently or they remain illegal today, and they continue to erode community standards of decency; and
The parody legislation hopes to find a hearing. No word on if they have a plan to produce copies of the “Daily Code” or proof of people leaving faiths to worship the rainbow flag as part of the testimony.
Thomas Witt of Equality Kansas has offered this quote:
“The two marriage bills introduced today represent the most vile, hateful, and disrespectful legislation I have seen in my 14 years as Equality Kansas’ lobbyist. Every year, we see bills that restrict, remove, and limit the rights of LGBT Kansans, but never have we seen this level of extremist vitriol laid out in legislative language. These bills combined are 18 pages of insults and name calling. Fred Phelps would be proud. The sponsors of these bills should be ashamed of themselves.”