Neither Kansan in the U.S. Senate was among the 10 Republicans who helped pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Thursday. In the unlikely event that the landmark bill passes the currently GOP-led House and becomes law, it will add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to those that bar workplace discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender, disability and age. It exempts religious institutions and the military, and was amended Wednesday to protect religious groups further. The Kansans’ “no” votes were not surprising, especially considering that Sen. Pat Roberts (left) has a GOP primary challenger next year. But it’s disappointing that neither Roberts nor Sen. Jerry Moran was willing to take a stand against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, recalling memories of their votes last December against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
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