Hutchinson, Kansas Repeals Nondiscrimination Protections

The City Council of Hutchinson, Kansas voted this week to repeal a recently passed employment and housing nondiscrimination ordinance that protected the community’s gays and lesbians. The reason for the repeal is that two different ballot initiatives had been filed — one which would repeal the ordinance and the other which strengthen it. To avoid legal questions if both should pass, the council repealed its own version and simply placed the stronger version on the ballot for November. The only difference in the Kansas Equality Coalition’s new language is the inclusion of hiring and renting protections, as opposed to just firing and evicting, but the Kansas Family Policy Council will be advocating against it.