When the Kansas Legislature convened in January 2016, civil liberties advocates feared that there would be an onslaught of attacks on the rights of Kansans. That fear was well-founded. Extremists dominated the legislative agenda. Although the legislative session nearly set a record for its brevity and the state’s budget challenges seized the headlines, legislators found time to push for some of the nation’s most radical attacks on immigrants, women, and the LGBT community.
Yet, despite the power wielded by extreme voices, on nearly every substantive measure that came before the legislature, our rights were defended. Time and time again, the ACLU of Kansas mobilized civil liberties activists—and freedom prevailed.