Governor-elect Kelly announces pro-LGBT initiatives ahead of inauguration

AP News Staff
November 09, 2018 - 7:13 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' new Democratic governor-elect says she will look to block enforcement of a new adoption law that she and LGBT-rights activists consider discriminatory.

That would be a sharp break with the state's two previous conservative Republican governors.

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly said she will have her staff review how far the state can go to avoid enforcing the law. It was designed to provide legal protections to adoption agencies that cite faith-based reasons for refusing to place children in homes that violate their religious beliefs.

The debate centered on agencies that won't place children in LGBT foster homes on behalf of the state.

The Kansas Catholic Conference's executive director said it's not surprising Kelly would, in his words, advance a radical agenda.

Kelly also said she planned to reinstate protections for LGBT state employees. The original executive order was put in place by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007, the rescinded by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2015.

Kelly's inauguration is Jan. 14.

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