Kansas Bill Allowing Refusal Of Service to Gay Couples Moves Forward

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook along with a message that put the whole thing in perspective. We are all on this planet together and our society should be moving forward, but nonsense like this keeps dragging us backward. This bill is nothing more than an excuse for narrow minded bigots to discriminate at will. Why is it, in this day and age, so impossible to come together and accept one another? Why do people put up such barriers? I mean, if you want to refuse service to someone, get one of those signs that says you reserve that right. This was done so that the discriminators could stare their victims in the eye and say up front that it’s because they are gay. Maybe next they’ll push a bill like this allowing to discriminate against certain races. Where does this madness end?

U.S.

Correction appended, Feb. 11

Kansas lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would permit businesses and government employees to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious principles. The measure passed an initial vote in the house by a significant margin, 72 votes to 42 votes. In a final vote on Wednesday, the bill succeeded 72 votes to 49 votes and will now be considered by the Republican-controlled state senate.

State lawmakers engaged in heated debate over House Bill 2453, which would allow hotels, restaurants and stores in the state to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” The bill would also allow government clerks to refuse to sign same-sex marriage licenses without threat of a lawsuit.

If a government employee chooses to refuse service, the bill states that the government must attempt to provide another employee to “promptly” provide…

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