Conservative Kansas lawmaker Francis Awerkamp posted a newsletter on his Facebook page this week that railed against the taxpayer funded “homosexual agenda” after LGBTQ students visited the Capitol.
Strangely, however, the first-term lawmaker ranted about the teachers who brought the students to the building to talk to their representatives, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
“I explained my clear position that ‘a man is a man, a woman is a woman, and marriage is between a man and a woman, and this is a reality that we can not change,'” he wrote in the newsletter. “The teachers, one of whom was a man wearing a skirt ‘identifying’ as a woman, quickly led the students away.”
However, according to Equality Kansas executive director Tom Witt, the only transgender teacher in attendance was wearing pants and never spoke with Awerkamp. Witt told Raw Story via telephone that he thinks the only person Awerkamp could be referring to, who was wearing a skirt, was born a woman and does not identify as transgender. He called the comments by the new House member “beyond offensive and demeaning.”
Awerkamp went on to say that the visits at the Capitol “surprised many legislators.”
Witt told Raw Story that if Rep. Awerkamp is “surprised” or “offended” “by constituents that come to the state house he’s probably in the wrong business.”
When it comes to the alleged taxpayer funded “homosexual agenda,” KEC vice chair Stephanie Mott told the Capital-Journal she didn’t know of any government-funded efforts that advocate for LGBTQ issues.
“I’m sure that there are not,” Mott explained.
This is Awerkamp’s first year in office. Raw Story emailed him for comment on how he knew the “man in a skirt” was, in fact, a man but did not receive a reply upon publication.