GOP rep regrets signing ‘hateful’ bill after daughter pens open letter

One Kansas legislator apparently listened to a constituent closer than most in reaching his decision to ask that his name be removed as cosponsor of a bill he now believes contains “hateful language” contrary to “our Lord’s command to love our neighbors.”

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State Rep. Ron Highland, a Republican, announced his recent change of heart in a statement to a local newspaper following an open letter his daughter posted on social media regarding his support of the controversial House Bill 2320.

Among its assertions is that any marriage short of one between a man and woman is a “parody.”

“Your most sacred job as an elected official is to serve and protect people,” Christel Highland wrote to her father in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Your God did not elect you, living, breathing human beings did. Further isolating the marginalized among the population you serve is far from your duty.”

Days later, the lawmaker had announced his decision.

“I have asked for my name to be removed from the bill,” he said. “The process for doing so is in motion.”

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