Quickie: Kansas Gov. Bans Bias Based on Sexuality (mostly)

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This short bit from this mornings National Briefings section of the New York Times: 

 

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, signed an executive order prohibiting most state employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The order requires agencies under the governor’s direct control to ensure they have programs to prevent harassment against gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and people who have had surgery for sex changes. It covers 25,000 of the 41,000 state employees.

 

Sounds like good news in general, but a couple of questions:

 

1. Why not make the ban apply to all state employees? there are 16,000 who are left free to discriminate as they choose. What's up with that? 

 

2. What about the transgendered folk who don't want surgery, can't qualify for surgery, or can't afford surgery? It's okay to discriminate against them? Share/Save