Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Top Kansas leaders mostly silent on same-sex marriage decisions

It was interesting that Kansas’ two U.S. senators and three of its four members of the U.S. House did not release official statements about the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, considering that in the past they have weighed in on big court decisions. Nor did Gov. Sam Brownback issue a statement Wednesday, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt did not respond to the Lawrence Journal-World’s repeated requests for comment about the impacts of the decision in Kansas. That left Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, to speak to and, some might assume, for Kansans in condemning the rulings and announcing his push to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. But former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, now in President Obama’s Cabinet, tweeted: “Decision on #DOMA reaffirms the core belief that we are all created equal and must be treated as equal; victory for families, #equality.”

UPDATE: Late Thursday afternoon Pompeo’s office called our attention to a statement posted on his website during the day: “The court’s attack on marriage – as defined as between one man and one woman – is both sad and counter to the most profound tradition of our great nation. As an attorney and a conservative, I am confounded by the Supreme Court’s bizarre set of decisions that found DOMA unconstitutional and didn’t rule on the merits of Prop 8. The Supreme Court has taken the position of refusing the right of Congress to legislate federal law based on the will of the people. This is a travesty. I remain dedicated to strengthening the institution of traditional marriage.” In addition, when asked about the decisions Thursday, Brownback said he was reviewing them before making a statement, according to the Lawrence Journal-World’s Scott Rothschild.

Kansas lawmakers speak out against new pollution rules

It isn’t surprising that Kansas GOP lawmakers oppose President Obama’s move this week to increase regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said that Obama’s plan would “do little to curb emissions at great cost to the American workforce. And states like ours – Kansas – which rely upon coal for electricity and have a large manufacturing base would be especially hurt.” Moran contends that the regulations will drive business overseas, which wouldn’t reduce worldwide CO2 emissions. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, said he wants a “more prosperous America, one that can take care of its environment and utilize its abundant resources. I only wish the president would agree.”

Growth of minorities helping keep U.S. afloat

“Due to immigration, a combination of more deaths and fewer births among whites and an explosion of minority births, the U.S. is poised to be a majority-minority country sooner than predicted,” the Brookings Institution noted. Minorities are already the majority in three states – Texas, New Mexico and California. And minorities are the majority among children younger than 5 in 11 other states. William Frey of Brookings said that the United States is fortunate to have this growth of minorities. Otherwise, it would be like some European countries in which the population is declining. “Younger minorities are helping us stay afloat,” he said.