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Kansas GOP Governor Ends LGBT Protection

The Republican governor of Kansas issued an executive order to strip protections for state employees so they would not be discriminated on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Sam Brownback's order on Tuesday rescinds an executive order from his Democratic predecessor who expanded anti-discrimination protection. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action," Brownback said, adding that his order also includes language to encourage hiring of veterans and the disabled.