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Kansas Set To Pass Bill Allowing The Refusal Of Services To Same-Sex Couples!

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Not cool, Kansas. Not cool.

A bill that would allow the refusal of same-sex couples has passed the Kansas' House, and has gone to their Senate for a vote.

The bill states the following:

"No individual or religious entity shall be required by any governmental entity to do any of the following, if it would be contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender: Provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges; provide counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services; or provide employment or employment benefits, related to, or related to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement."

Basically anyone can deny service to a same-sex couple, and face no civil suit as a result! What's even crazier is that if anyone does try to sue, they could have to pay the other side's legal fees!

What's even more ridiculous is that this includes state employees!

Equality Kansas State Chairwoman Sandra Meade has spoken out about the bill's clearly discriminatory nature:

"Kansans across the state are rightly appalled that legislators are spending their efforts to pass yet another piece of legislation that seeks to enshrine discrimination against gay and lesbian people into law."

People should never be denied employment on the basis of sexual orientation, and although a proviso in this would-be law mandates that a manager find an employee to provide services after a same-sex couple is refused, what if one can't be found?

In addition, back in 2011 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that job discrimination of the LGBT community violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Perhaps it's time to finally pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act so no one can be denied services.

In the time being, we'll have to wait and see if Kansas' Senate passes this bill.

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5 comments to “Kansas Set To Pass Bill Allowing The Refusal Of Services To Same-Sex Couples!”



  1. 1

    Kansas and Tennessee are showing us the way. Make this national policy.



  2. 2

    Appalling! This bill has despicable and condemnable written all over it. There is NO place for discrimination anywhere. I hope the KS senate is not made up of ignoramuses and bigots so it can realize how incredibly backward and unAmerican this bill is. If this gets passed and signed then I hope that a FEDERAL COURT immediately strikes it down. If not, then the state's SUPREME COURT. Kansas gays and straight allies, UNITE and vote against those asinine elected officials who support the bill. Put them out of power!



  3. 3

    What does one expect…after all it is Kansas..is that not where Dorothy was from? Did she not leave?



  4. 4

    Re: OhioMan – No. The story of her going to Oz was just a dream.

  5. LesbianAndProud says – reply to this


    5

    This is discusting and just sad that gays still aren't being treated equal.