Sen. Marshall might block school lunches after falsely accusing Biden of wanting to

Last week, I criticized Attorney General Derek Schmidt for obliging Kansas to oppose new rules from the Department of Agriculture that prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in federal food distribution.
And now comes the US Senator Roger Marshall and says: "Derek, hold my beer."
Our senator is escalating anti-gay policy to the point where he's actually considering blocking school lunch funding across the country unless the USDA anti-discrimination policy is repealed.
In an interview with Politico, Marshall confirmed that he is "considering" appealing to the Senate a bill to expand school lunch funding.
An objection from a single senator would delay passage of the measure until school lunch funding expires at the end of the month.
This is crazy talk.
The stated reason for conservative opposition to the USDA's antidiscrimination rule is a fake news charge that the Biden administration wants to hold lunch hostage to force schools to allow transgender students who are biologically male to play girls' sports drifting and using the girls toilet.
So it's beyond ironic that the actual hostage-takers in this scenario are Marshall and perhaps a handful of other right-wing senators who are genuinely considering blocking school lunch funding to uphold the right to discriminate against LGBT people in need of food .
Put another way, Marshall is considering blocking school lunch funding to prevent the Biden administration from blocking school lunch funding. It makes no sense.
Marshall told Politico, "My only concern is that schools in Kansas will not have school lunches because of this (Biden's) administration's radical take on transgender issues."
Apparently, it's kind of okay when Kansas schools don't have school lunches because of Marshall's radical take on transgender issues.
If Joe Biden did what the right wing accused him of doing, I would be the first to stand up and say, "That's a hard no."
So that's what I'm saying to Roger Marshall today. Emphatically.
The anti-discrimination policy he gets so upset about has nothing to do with who gets to play which sport or use which toilets.
It simply states that schools, government agencies, and food banks that provide government-subsidized food to those in need may not refuse service to gay and transgender people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In particular, it requires federal grocers to investigate complaints of discrimination against LGBT people just as they already do when someone claims to have been discriminated against because of their race or religion. That, and agencies need to replace their current anti-discrimination poster with an updated one.
It's not hard to stick to, and it's vital.
A 2021 census report found that LGBT adults are almost twice as likely to be food insecure as straight people. It shows they've lost ground since a pre-pandemic UCLA research report found in 2016 that LGBT people were 62% more likely to not have enough to eat.
The only plausible reason for a politician to block USDA policy at all would be to ingratiate themselves with those voters who hate gays and transgender people and anyone else unwilling to participate in their persecution.
It is reprehensible to even consider blocking school lunches for poor children to appeal to this group.
It's the 21st century. The days of "we do not serve your kind here" should be far away in the rearview mirror of our government and our society.
But as our senator demonstrates, they are not.
To prevent further damage to our state's reputation and sanity, it is time for Marshall to step down and make it clear in no uncertain terms that he will not block further funding for school meals -- and stop banning gay and transgender people from politics pick reasons to benefit.
Joe Biden
46th and current President of the United States
Derek Schmidt
American politician

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