It must be time to give out the douchebag of the week award. This time the winners are Kansas state legislators Jan Paul and Lance Kinzer. The duo removed an amendment to legislation meant to clean up Kansas' outdated criminal code that would have eliminated sodomy as a crime since the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional in 2003.
The House Judiciary Committee was considering a bill to clean up Kansas' criminal code when a pair of lawmakers, Jan Pauls from Hutchinson and Lance Kinzer from Olathe, removed an amendment from the bill that would have repealed the law banning homosexual acts.
Laws banning homosexual acts have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But Lanzer says it doesn't need to be repealed because it isn't being enforced, saying "It's a tempest in a teapot. I don't think it would make any difference. The statute is unenforceable."
"I think their motivation is pretty clear," said Thomas Witt, chair of Kansas Equality Commission. "They don't like gay people and they're going to make sure in the eyes of the law we're still considered criminals."
Video from a local TV station after the jump. For extra mind-numbing exasperation, check out the headline they gave the piece: "Gays unhappy that sex ban remains on books."