Slate’s article is silly. Saying Brownback must have read the bill even when he claimed he didn’t, because it was “only 2 1/2 pages long?” Yep, that’s totally how governors work, they read all the bills under three pages long the minute they hear about them.
Besides, Davis wasn’t all THAT quiet about the problem with the bill. According to LJ World (can’t link to it!) he signed a statement along with Gail Finney, Julie Menghini, Broderick Henderson and Tom Burroughs, calling HB2453 discriminatory. Would Brownback really introduce legislation like this just so MAYBE people would get mad at Davis for saying something but “not enough”? Hardly. If anything, it was just a general move to solidify his base, or possibly testing the waters for some larger Koch Bros legislation. We already know it was written by one of the Koch think tanks.