Human & Equal Rights


Kansas Democrats believe in equal treatment under the law for every Kansan regardless of race, color, age, physical, intellectual, and/or developmental abilities, economic status, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ethnicity, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Kansas Democrats support adding “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the non-discrimination laws and policies of our state, and the passage of hate crime legislation to protect equal rights.

Religious Liberty

Religion is a private matter, separate from the state, and must not be used to shape public policy affecting all Kansans who hold a myriad of beliefs and philosophies. Freedom of conscience belongs to all the citizens of Kansas, and must be protected to ensure a free, democratic society. Religious liberty shall not be misconstrued as a license to discriminate or otherwise violate the law.

Women’s Rights

We support equal pay for equal work, and demand action on the part of our government to ensure this basic fairness.

Kansas Democrats believe that women have a right to control their reproductive choices including a woman’s right to make decisions regarding contraception and pregnancy, including the option of terminating a pregnancy safely and legally consistent with the Constitution of the United States. We oppose efforts to weaken or undermine that right.

Racial Justice

Kansas Democrats oppose racism and racial “supremacy” movements, and oppose racial and ethnic profiling.

LGBT Equality

Kansas Democrats support marriage equality and full recognition of same-sex relationships, including the right of same-sex couples to parent and raise a family. We oppose subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy,” which damages children by forcing them to express a sexual orientation or gender identity at odds with who they are.

Kansas Democratic Party Platform
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