White House to Renominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for Ambassador-at-large for Religious Freedom

Sam Brownback

The White House plans to renominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to become ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom after he failed to be confirmed by the Senate last year.

Brownback has a long record of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric including calling marriage equality a “radical social experimentation” and “a grave threat to our central social institution.”

Brownback rescinded an executive order stating Kansas state workers could not face discrimination, harassment, or job termination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and voted against LGBTQ hate crimes legislation, stating: “This is something we have got to fight against, that somehow that the thought is what the crime is, and that being moved into an agenda not allowing people to speak their beliefs about homosexuality.”

“The idea that the same administration pushing the Muslim Ban is seeking to equitably promote religious freedom abroad is absurd. The renomination of Sam Brownback, is yet another example of President Trump using the Oval Office to target vulnerable communities,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Throughout his career, Sam Brownback has felt entitled to impose his anti-LGBTQ ideology on others, citing his faith while rescinding discrimination protections and voting against hate crime legislation. This deeply troubling record must be taken into full account as Brownback is, once again, sent through the nomination process.”