Posted 3 years ago
By Fred Gough
Proponents of the November 6th ballot initiative are confident it will pass, if enough voters understand what they say are the real issues, and don’t just base their votes on hearsay. The initiative would include the LGB population in Hutchinson’s anti-discrimination protection.
To help clarify those issues, a series of informational meetings have been scheduled.
Proponents are hoping for a large turnout for a public question and answer session in the auditorium at the Hutchinson Public Library on Thursday, October 25, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Before and after that, a series of informal coffees are scheduled for those who prefer that kind of setting to learn more about the ballot initiative. The dates, times, and locations are:
One was held Monday morning at at Starbucks in Hutchinson. A second will be on Monday, October 15, at 1:00 p.m., also at Starbucks on east 17th. The third will be on Monday, October 29, 7:30 a.m., at Hastings at 30th & Plum.
“Vote Yes for Fairness” has opened a campaign office at 400 West 2nd Suite C.
Fighting to keep things the way they are, included two groups. A petition drive in mid-June by the Kansas Family Policy Council and Awaken Hutchinson sought the repeal of the new ordinance. A petition bearing 1,364 signatures was delivered to Hutchinson officials on August 16th and certified by the Reno County Elections Office on August 22nd.
It led to the Hutchinson City Council repealing the ordinance approved in June and sending the dueling petitions to a city wide vote in November.
The Kansas Family Polichttp://www.hutchpost.com/wp-admin/edit.phpy Council and Awaken Hutchinson argued that the initial step by the council and the Gay community is in the effort to create wide-ranging protections based on sexual behavior potentially impacting the religious liberties of business owners, landlords, churches and individuals.
They also argued in a similar measure in Salina which approved a much more wide-ranging anti-discrimination ordinance for a Gays, Lesbians, Bi-Sexuals, and Trans-Gender residents.