Kansas GOP approves resolution opposing efforts ‘to validate transgender identity’: report

Kansas GOP approves resolution opposing efforts ‘to validate transgender identity’: report
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The Kansas Republican Party on Saturday approved a resolution to oppose "all efforts to validate transgender identity."

The party's state committee — which includes about 180 people — voted on Saturday to approve the resolution based on a voice vote, The Wichita Eagle reported.

The resolution says the party affirms "God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception," according to the local publication.

It also says it does not support people changing their bodies hormonally or surgically to align with their "perceived gender identity."

It adds that the party recognizes the dignity of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
The resolution was adopted at the Kansas Republican party's 2018 state convention over the weekend.

Eric Teetsel — a member of the state party committee who proposed the resolution — told the paper that ultimately "an ideology that says you can determine your own gender identity is broken and it’s going to lead to a lot of pain."

"That’s why it’s important to bring us back to what we know to be true and good," he said.

"Ultimately, we are motivated by love. It is concern for the well-being of others that drives us to seek out what is true and not just for society, but for them personally," Teetsel said.

The Kansas Republican Party platform says "our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage."

"You go back to the platform, that's what I always do on stuff like this," Kansas Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold said, according to the Eagle.

"You go back to, what does the Republican Party stand for? What does our platform stand for? And I think that the committee felt that it aligned with our platform and so, they supported it."

Equality Kansas said it was "incredibly disappointed" by the resolution.