Human rights group endorses Nuss, Hogan

By The Mercury

The Flint Hills Human Rights Project has endorsed Debbie Nuss and Daniel Hogan in Tuesday’s city commission election.

The group, a private, not-profit organization, “serves as a resource for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and questioning” people in the region, according to a press release.

The organization is endorsing Nuss for her stated support of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes named in the city of Manhattan’s civil rights ordinance.

Nuss and Hogan both affirmed their support of the amendment in responses to a questionnaire sent to all seven commission candidates by the Flint Hills Human Rights Project and in questions from the Manhattan Mercury.

But Hogan qualified his support by saying, “I do not agree with the existence of the Human Rights Advisory Board.”

The group said it has “concerns about Hogan’s lack of support for the Human Rights Board serving as the enforcement mechanism,” but it endorsed him for his consistent support of LGBT rights.

Candidates John Ball and Bob Strawn responded to the group’s questionnaire in opposition to the amendment.

Candidates Rich Jankovich, Karen McCulloh and Usha Reddi did not respond. In answering the Mercury’s question, those candidates did not give a firm answer but expressed concerns about discrimination in any form in the community.

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