Letter: Toward Equality
July 9, 2003
616 SE Jefferson Street, Topeka, KS 66607
In response to the recent Supreme Court’s ruling on Lawrence
v. Texas, striking down anti-sodomy laws in Kansas and 12 other
states, we celebrate! This ruling is another step toward realizing equality
and justice for all Americans.
Kansas’s discriminatory same-sex sodomy law has been used for years by
lawmakers and others to deny civil rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people. The argument, while flawed, stated that you could not
grant protections for criminals. By decriminalizing same-sex consensual sexual
activities and stating that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgender deserve to be treated with respect, the Supreme Court has removed
one of the largest obstacles that was used to deny fair treatment and equal
rights of gay people. We applaud this long overdue and just decision.
While this is a watershed issue that has a tremendous impact upon the gay
and lesbian community it still does not address the need for change in
Topeka’s Human Relations Ordinance. Still in Topeka, gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender people can lose their jobs, be forced from homes or be
excluded from public accommodations based upon their sexual orientation or
gender identity and expression.
The Equal Justice Coalition is working hard to bring equality and justice
for all citizens of Topeka by going door-to-door to educate registered voters
and to encourage them to urge their city council members to vote in support of
fairness for all citizens. We ask registered voters to sign letters of support
that are sent to the city council representatives requesting their support for
the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens in the Human
We are pleased with the incredible response we have been receiving from the
citizens of Topeka and wish to thank them. Topeka citizens have shown that
they, like the Supreme Court ruling, are fair-minded. Their support for equal
treatment for all citizens of Topeka has truly been amazing.
While today we celebrate, tomorrow we must seek even more change. We are
thankful to those on the council who have had the vision and courage to stand
up for equal justice and we urge the rest to join us as we embrace a better
city and a better country, a place where everyone can be treated with respect.
—Tiffany Muller, Chair, Equal Justice Coalition Topeka
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