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Kansas House Plans Final Vote on Gay Discrimination Bill

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014
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Pastor Fred Phelps whose Westboro Baptist Church is located in Topeka, KS
Pastor Fred Phelps whose Westboro Baptist Church is located in Topeka, KS  (Source:AP)

TOPEKA - The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill intended to keep individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to help with same-sex weddings.

Approval Wednesday by House members would send the measure to the Senate.

Supporters describe it as a religious freedom measure. Opponents contend it will encourage discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The bill would bar government sanctions when individuals, groups and businesses cite religious beliefs in refusing to recognize a marriage or civil union, or to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to a couple. Anti-discrimination lawsuits also would be barred. Individual workers and government employees also would get some protections.

The measure is a response to the possibility that the federal courts could invalidate the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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