Kansas House Approves ’Religious Freedom’ (To Discriminate) Bill

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings.

The vote Tuesday was 72-42. The measure advanced even though critics suggested the bill would encourage widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The House plans to take final action on the bill Wednesday, and it's likely to pass.

The bill bars government sanctions for refusing to recognize a marriage or civil union, or to provide goods or services to a couple. Anti-discrimination lawsuits also would be barred.

Critics have zeroed in on limited protections in the bill for individual workers and government employees even if their employers want to provide goods and services to gay couples.

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  • patroy, 2014-02-12 16:02:12

    A business serving the PUBLIC should not be allowed to discriminate. In time these business’ will fail due to their practice of hate and discrimination!

  • GAG'EM, 2014-02-13 00:11:04

    So I guess a Hindu could get a job at McDonald’s and refuse to serve hamburgers on religious grounds. A Muslim can work at a bar and refuse to serve alcohol. I’ve heard that in some places Muslim taxi drivers have refused to take passengers who were carrying alcohol. Legislators should be required to pass a course in Constitutional law before they take office.

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