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Brownback selective in taking unilateral action on rights

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When Gov. Sam Brownback acted in February to rescind a 2007 executive order that had protected state employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender from sexual harassment or discrimination, he released a statement saying that “any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the Legislature and not through unilateral action.” So it was striking that he unilaterally acted Tuesday by issuing a sweeping executive order reaching beyond state government – and favoring the “religious freedom” of Kansas clergy and religious organizations over same-sex couples’ right to marry as established by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. – Rhonda Holman