Since 1936 the ACLU has been a force for LGBT rights, and we are proud to keep that fight alive in Kansas. Even as the nation moves forward toward equality for all people, there are also some who seek to create unnecessary obstacles for people in the LGBT community. People face discrimination in the work place, housing, and the public sphere based on their sexual orientation gender identity, and there are few laws in place to protect them.

What are we doing about it?

In 2014 the ACLU of Kansas filed the lawsuit Marie v. Mosier challenging Kansas’ ban same-sex marriage, and won! Other states appealed similar rulings all the way to the Supreme Court, where bans on same sex marriage were declared unconstitutional. As a result, same-sex couples across Kansas have been able to legally marry since November 2014. 

As some states, Kansas included, seek to enact laws that legalize discrimination, the ACLU of Kansas works to ensure that no legislation is passed denying civil liberties to the LGBT community and has been a strong voice for the rights of transgender Kansans. We are also working to expand non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, from standing up to former-Gov. Brownback’s efforts to sanction discrimination in the name of “religious freedom" to blocking the 2021 legislative attack on transgender student athletes.

We will continue to fight against discrimination against Kansans based on gender identity and sexual orientation, whether that's in the legislature, the courts, or in the community.  

If you have faced discrimination based on your status as an LGBTQ Kansan, please file a legal complaint.

Learn more about the rights of transgender students and name changes in Kansas.