The Kansas Republican Party has endorsed a resolution that opposes any recognition of the transgender community, while still claiming to respect the “dignity” of LGBT people.
The statement, approved by a 180-member committee, affirms that “God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception.” It also opposes efforts transition medically, either surgically or through hormones, to conform to a “perceived gender identity.”
Committee member Eric Teetsel, who proposed the resolution, told the Wichita Eagle the party needs to risk criticism to stay on message.
“The Republican Party was founded on certain principles and we continue to stand on certain fundamental, timeless truths about the nature of man and what is good and how we should operate as a society. And we can’t get caught up in fads and trends and worries about what people might think about us on a particular issue.”
In addition to attacking “transgenderism,” the resolution supports conversion therapy and opposes letting students to use facilities that align with their gender identity.
“An ideology that says you can determine your own gender identity is broken and it’s going to lead to a lot of pain,” said Teetsel, “and that’s why it’s important to bring us back to what we know to be true and good.”
Teetsel is president of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas and the son-in-law of ex-Governor Sam Brownback. He insists the declaration is “motivated by love.”
“It is concern for the well-being of others that drives us to seek out what is true and not just for society, but for them personally.”
On Facebook Equality Kansas director Tom Witt called the resolution “an undignified and crass assault” on LGBT people and an attempt “to dehumanize those who do not fit inside the narrow world view of [Governor] Brownback, his family, and his wing of the Republican party.”