Hogan pans Rights Board

By The Mercury

A City Commission candidate endorsed last week by a group advocating for inclusion of sexual orientation in the city’s human rights ordinance issued a statement Friday distancing himself from some of the group’s aims.

Specifically, Daniel Hogan said that if he is elected, he would support elimination of the Human Rights Advisory Board, the appointed body that proposed the controversial amendment, which was passed and then revoked in 2011.

Hogan affirmed his previously stated support for the inclusion of sexual identity to the city’s civil rights ordinance.

“It makes no difference to me whether you are gay or straight, black or white, ALL citizens should be afforded the same rights and protections,” Hogan said.

At the same time, Hogan said he believed courts rather than appointed advisory bodies should decide such questions. He said he had advised Flint Hills Human Rights Project board members of that view.

Hogan said that while he would not act as a city commissioner to initiate reconsideration of the sexual identity amendment, he would, if the subject is brought up, “vote for an outcome that ensures the rights of all, but does so without infringing the rights of others.” He added, however, that he would also seek “dissolution of the HRAB and refer all matters to the existing legal system.”

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