Kansas sees LGBT milestones, yet big changes may come slowly

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will swear in its first two openly LGBT state lawmakers next month and its new Democratic governor has expressed strong support for LGBT-rights measures.

In addition to these breakthroughs, LGBT-rights activists want to expand the state’s anti-discrimination law covering landlords and private employers.

But Republicans still will have large majorities in the Legislature, and it will be a little more conservative after this year’s elections.

Kelly’s election prevents new laws that LGBT-rights advocates oppose, but they are likely to struggle to undo policies enacted in recent years when Republicans held the governor’s office.

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