'Brownbacking': Jon Stewart tackles gay rights in Kansas, Alabama

Jon Stewart wants to make a thing of Gov. Sam Brownback's name
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Earlier this week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed an executive order rescinding legal protections for gay and lesbian state employees. On Wednesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart noted that Kansas is moving in the opposite direction of most states, then made a pretty good Wizard of Oz joke: "It being Kansas, I guess Brownback clicked his heels three times and said, 'There's no place like homophobia.'" Noting that the internet turned Rick Santorum's last name into a dirty sex act, Stewart laid out a challenge: "You're really telling me we can't do better with the almost-already-there name Brownback? C'mon internet."

Stewart also looked at Alabama, where state Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered local courts to defy a federal court ruling and not hand out licenses to same-sex couples, citing the Bible. There is a nice bit about Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia as a celebrity couple, a good zinger about Mardi Gras, and a Selma reference. But Stewart brought it back home by noting that Alabama just last year passed an amendment barring the use of foreign law in state court deliberations — and since the Bible was written in a foreign land, "you have f---ed yourself with your own statute," Stewart told the Yellowhammer State. "Or as I hope it comes to be known: 'Brownbacking'."

Watch also for Stewart's reaction to the news of his retirement. The Arby's beef lives on. —Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.