Sam Brownback

Former Ambassador of International Religious Freedom
46th Governor of Kansas

An original cosponsor of a proposed federal marriage amendment, Brownback called marriage equality “radical social experimentation” and “a grave threat to our central social institution.”

Claimed marriage equality is “harmful to the future of the Republic.”

Rescinded an executive order stating Kansas state workers could not face discrimination, harassment, or job termination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

—Voted against LGBT hate crimes legislation, stating, “This is something we have got to fight against, that somehow that the thought is what the crime is, and that being moved into an agenda not allowing people to speak their beliefs about homosexuality.”

Temporarily blocked the confirmation of a federal judge solely because she attended the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple.

Rejected President Obama’s federal guidance on transgender students using facilities that match their gender identity.

Signed a so-called “religious freedom” law allowing college campus groups to exclude members based on religious beliefs without losing public funds.

Said about marriage equality: “When you do these vast, social experiments--and that’s what this is, when you redefine marriage--they’re not done in isolation. They impact the rest of the culture around you. When you take the sacredness out of marriage, you will drive the marriage rates down.”

Claimed the military’s discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban was “good policy” and “the right thing for us to do in the military.”

The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.