HAPPENING NOW: Senate voting on Brownback's ambassadorship confirmation

Sam Brownback shakes interim Provost Rick Muma's hand at the Experiential Engineering building on Innovation Campus last spring. Brownback was confirmed as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

Sam Brownback shakes interim Provost Rick Muma's hand at the Experiential Engineering building on Innovation Campus last spring. Brownback was confirmed as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

The U.S. Senate today confirmed anti-LGBT politician Sam Brownback as ambassador for religious freedom, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a vote to break a partisan tie.

After senators voted 49-49 Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in Brownback's favor.

Kansas withdrew a Medicaid proposal January 24 that would have required adult beneficiaries to work. As ambassador, he will have more authority and resources to prioritize religious freedom programs, and elevate the issue in our foreign policy.

Brownback says he is confident Colyer will serve the state well.

Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, welcomed the Senate's confirmation of the Republican governor for the post. HRC and several other groups opposed his confirmation.

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If Brownback were to be confirmed, he has already indicated he would step down, ceding the governor's office to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. I extend my best wishes to Lieutenant Governor Colyer as he assumes this office, and I have every confidence that he will serve the state well. The state received national attention for including what appeared to be the nation's most exhaustive list of items that couldn't be bought with cash assistance, including tattoos, cruises, concert tickets and visits to psychics.

As a USA senator, he was an original cosponsor of a federal constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, which he called a "social experiment" that would "take the sacredness out of marriage".

Planned Parenthood called Brownback and "extreme ideologue" and disputes Brownback's claim that his policies as governor lowered the abortion rate in Kansas. Brownback's fellow Kansas Republican, U.S. Sen. Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusThe House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology Obama cabinet official: Clinton White House doubled down on "abusive behavior" John Roberts has tough job of keeping faith in Supreme Court MORE on discrimination protections for LGBT individuals, arguing the former governor hadn't gotten approval from the legislature.

Republicans control 51 seats in the chamber but two GOP senators were not present to vote: Sen. Moran walked away, according to the paper. The post was created in 1998.

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