Discrimination is horrible, so we should definitely ban gays.
February 12, 2014 4:25 PM   Subscribe

The Kansas House passed a bill allowing service refusal to gay couples, 72 to 49. A bill aimed at keeping individuals, groups and businesses from being "compelled" to help with same-sex weddings, it covers private and public employees.

Reportedly a response to the possibility that federal courts could invalidate the state constitution's ban on same-sex marriages, Rep. Charles Macheers, R-Shawnee, said that his bill prevents discrimination.

“Discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill,” he said. “There have been times throughout history where people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs because they were unpopular. This bill provides a shield of protection for that.”

Macheers says the bill puts Kansas “on the right side of history.”

Holly Weatherford (spokeswoman for the ACLU Kansas chapter) said the bill goes far beyond other states. “Kansas would be the first state to legalize discrimination on the part of employees—government employees,” she said.

She added that the state’s laws already provide sufficient protection for religious institutions.

Reach out to your elected officials in Kansas here.
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This post was deleted for the following reason: Hey this is a pretty big and weird issue but it's got to be presented in a way that's not going to be immediate outrage filter and not in a way that is all "call your congressman" I get that the issue is important to you. please contact us if you'd like help writing this post over again for tomorrow. -- jessamyn


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