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Kan. lawmakers to consider bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Sunday, January 26, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. — With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to allow individuals, groups and businesses to refuse to recognize or provide goods, services or benefits to gay couples based on their religious beliefs.

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

The legislator pushing the bill says it’s designed to protect religious freedom, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is receptive to the idea, though he hasn’t yet studied the proposal enough to offer a formal endorsement.

However, critics say the measure promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians, and is so broadly written that it could apply to any couple, gay or straight, with a less-than-traditional union.

The Kansas House’s Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing for Tuesday morning on the measure. It’s not clear how quickly the committee might act on it.

Kansas already had a law against gay marriage when voters added a ban to the state constitution in 2005, approving it by a 70 percent margin. But federal judges recently struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah, and Kansas state Rep. Charles Macheers, a Shawnee Republican who’s leading efforts to pass the bill, said court decisions “demonstrate that the legal landscape is in flux.”

“This bill protects religious individuals and religious entities on both sides of the issue of marriage,” Macheers said in an email response to questions about the proposal.

The bill is similar to legislation in South Dakota. Gay rights advocates are preparing for an attempt to block its passage in the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature, and the measure has attracted the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national organization.

“It really is about targeting people’s lives,” said Eunice Rho, an ACLU attorney who works with state affiliates on policy and advocacy. “We’re really keeping an eye on whether this becomes a broader trend.”

The Kansas Constitution says: “Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only,” declaring all others “void.” It also says that no other relationship shall be recognized by the state as “entitling the parties to the rights or incidents of marriage.”

But Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, the state’s leading gay rights group, said the Oklahoma and Utah decisions are significant to Kansas because all three states fall under the jurisdiction of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. And Brownback, a social conservative, acknowledged during his most recent news conference that the legal situation is “evolving.”

Brownback said Saturday that he needs to review the legislation but said, “I think it’s something we that need to protect, our people’s religious liberties and religious rights.”

The bill declares that no individual, business or religious group with “sincerely held religious beliefs” could be required by “any governmental entity” to provide services, facilities, goods, employment or employment benefits related to any same-sex marriage or domestic partnership. The measure bars anti-discrimination lawsuits on such grounds.

The measure allows government employees to invoke the rule’s protections in providing a lawful service, though it says the agency must “promptly” provide another worker to do so “if it can be done without undue hardship on the employer.”

Witt said he can envision numerous scenarios affecting the daily lives of gay couples and their families, such as hospitals refusing visitations to partners or schools not recognizing a partner has a second parent to a child.

Also, he said, the language about government employees would allow them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even if the courts strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Rho said the ACLU believes the implications could be even broader. Companies offering benefits to legally married gay couples or domestic partners could have their policies blocked by individual employees. She said businesses could make decisions about benefits for straight couples based on whether an owner doesn’t think a marriage is traditional enough.

Witt said: “This is one of the most offensive bills I’ve seen come out of here.”

Similar bills have been recently introduced in Arizona and South Dakota as well.

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  1. YESSSS

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:04pm
  2. Yes, this is the state that required the teaching of Creationism in science classes until they started losing money over it.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:05pm
  3. That’d be struck down as unconstitutional pretty fast

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:05pm
  4. I agree,,,it would create precedent that Brownback would not like. Cool!

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
  5. well that would mean that people would not have to sell to wbc.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:09pm
  6. How can anyone push for discrimination?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  7. Nazism all over again!

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  8. I asked myself the same question and realized that only bigots have enough hate in them to do such a nasty thing. Even lawmakers can be bigots and it sad that we have people like that running for our country.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:19pm
  9. I'm against this type of legislation -- but honestly, anything that is dickish is not Nazism reincarnate. No one is suggesting gay people be gassed to death after being starved and ritually abused.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:20pm
  10. @ Seeking: Yet. Nazism didn't start out that way, either. Also, yes, yes they are. Or doesn't Nigeria exist in your world?

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:30pm
  11. to be fair, hitler began by simply forcing jews to wear the star of david. furthermore, did we forget homosexuals were also holocaust victims?

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:37pm
  12. its crazy time

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  13. Wow..

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  14. that would be so cool to the neo nazi’s whose religion is hate for everyone but them isn’t it

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  15. Kansas, you crazy.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  16. Remind me to never to move to Kansas.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:08pm
  17. How dickish. What if you have a religious objection to equal pay, clean air or child labor laws?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09pm
  18. Why would move there? Ugh

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09pm
  19. Inane

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09pm
  20. Wizzard of OZ anyone ?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:09pm
  21. Let it pass. I’ll gather my pagan kin and go back to traditional viking raids!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:10pm
  22. ….

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:10pm
  23. You know i say we start putting fire against fire. And if this goes into effect I say someone deny someone a job because they are christian and see how fast this bill gets struck down!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:10pm
  24. Yeah, how’s that First Amendment thing work again???

    You have EVERY right to be discriminatory WITHIN YOUR RELIGION! You have NO right to be discriminatory OUTSIDE of your religion!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:10pm
  25. NO!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:11pm
  26. Perhaps soon we can start throwing #Christianists to the lions!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
  27. And that shows his damaging religions can be, when discrimination is allowed on religious grounds. Repulsive, religious beliefs are wrong!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
  28. Time for us the atheists to descriminate Those religious fucks that try to shove religion down people’s throats. Fuck you

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:13pm
  29. HEADLINE: Sharia Law Comes to Kansas.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:13pm
  30. This law is wrong and those who thoght of it is SICK!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  31. Doesn’t this negate the whole “lifestyle choice” argument against equality? Belief in any religion is a lifestyle choice. Choosing to discriminate based on those religious prejudices is a lifestyle choice. Legislating discrimination based on religious (or any other) beliefs is a lifestyle choice.
    If being gay is a “lifestyle choice”, one must conclude that lifestyle choice must be protected equally with the other lifestyle choices.

    It’s impossible for secular law to legislate each potential “lifestyle choice” equally. Hence, we have protections that define humans and their choices as equally as possible. Secular law is not perfect. But it stops working when we start choosing one lifestyle choice over others.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  32. and how does this protect religious liberties or religious rights? Religion already receives exemptions from most secular law. These exemptions are unconstitutional and need no extension.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:22pm
  33. I can’t believe this crap!
    So proud to be a Canadian

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  34. I hope some day I could join you because this country is falling apart. Canada sounds like a wonderful place to be. :)

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:24pm
  35. THE HATE PARADE

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:15pm
  36. This is very hypocritical. Retaliation is never a good answer.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:15pm
  37. REMEMBER FOLK’S,IT’S FREEDOM OF” THEY’R”RELIGION!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:16pm
  38. They have lost their minds, Who would co-sign on this foolishness smh

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:16pm
  39. Wow that’s pathetic Kansas I hate you fyi.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:18pm
  40. Religion=Hate

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:18pm
  41. i live in this pile of shit state. i’m trans and am sick of being treated like i’m nothing. i lost my job because it’s perfectly legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. i’m about to sue the fuck out of this place.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:19pm
  42. Of course they are. I guess they forgot that discrimination against our Black brothers and sisters was rooted in many beliefs, one being religious conviction. History just keeps repeating itself, especially for the willfully ignorant. They will reap what they sow.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:19pm
  43. I think it’s brilliant!! That way all the non Christian based companies can quit serving them based on religious beliefs!! Or better yet, how about the different Christian denominations quit serving each other….looks to me like this law might just put a lot of people out of business as people with a brain quit spending money at places choosing to openly discriminate!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:20pm
  44. I can honestly say, WTF! Separation of church & state & the constitution still exist. Wasting taxpayers money should be the crime.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:20pm
  45. Join my religion. It permits punching people in the nutsack if they annoy you. Soon to be protected by Kansas law.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:20pm
  46. As long as the rest of the country can discriminate against anything Kansas !!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:24pm
  47. i was born there. being gay and unitarian, glad i got out. trying to make ok better

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:24pm
  48. Well why not just get rid of the US Constitution and be like Hilter?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:26pm
  49. NEWS FLASH ANYTHING SHOWING THE GAY FLAG IS NUDITY BY FACEBOOK’S POLICY

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:27pm
  50. It’s called freedom of religion so you can be free of persecution of your belief, not so you can freely use your religion to persecute others who don’t have the same belief.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:27pm
  51. a country founded upon escaping religious discrimination (amongst other fantastic things), is going pro-discrimination… is this still America?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:27pm
  52. Detest people hiding behind their religion to promote discrimination.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:29pm
  53. They love wasting time and money, don’t they?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:33pm
  54. The flip side of that is one could refuse to provide services to Christians… and then they might actually have some oppression.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:37pm
  55. In my opinion, if it’s legal for you to refuse to hire me just because I’m gay, it should be just as legal for me to refuse to hire you just because you’re a Christian.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:38pm
  56. How can any American elected official in the 21st century vote to withold rights of another group of tax paying American citizens? Read thee fucking US Constitution you fucking MORONS!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:39pm
  57. I think it’s time for some violent protests, riots

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:40pm
  58. I think we should be able to descriminate based on looks and intelligence. That will allow us to fire the whole of congress.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:41pm
  59. The flip side of that is one could refuse to provide services to Christians… and then they might actually have some oppression.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:42pm
  60. Legal discrimination. Nice.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:44pm
  61. sounds like fascism to me: And because it is discrimination, it’s illegal, another constitutional battle brewing.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:46pm
  62. Jesus Christ at this rate there’ll be another damn civil war =_= god the stupidity of our government is rapidly increasing. Where’s Abraham Lincoln and the other decent presidents and politicians when we need them? Oh yeah, that’s right, they’re tossing and turning in their graves at how bad the governments going to shit =_=

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:53pm
  63. What religion? Will Muslims, Hindus and Wicca be able to discriminate or just Christians? Will they be able to discriminated people other than gay people? Abortionists, Adulterers, People wearing mixed fabrics, people of other religions?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:54pm
  64. Religioun really brings out people’s true colors, don’t it?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:59pm
  65. So I’d be allowed to get shot or burned on a cross all because I’m not Christian? Screw that!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:01pm
  66. Occupy and organize remove the bigots from office and use the web gay community to fight for justice and equality !

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  67. Really?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  68. And the clock just keeps turning back!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  69. Klassy!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  70. That’s Fucked up cant put it any other way

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  71. That is discrimination, without question.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  72. that stops the separation of church and state it is unconstitutional.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:08pm
  73. We’re going backwards………fast!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:10pm
  74. What about same sex ppl to get married in ks

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:18pm
  75. if this shit starts we need too all rise up n overthrow.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:27pm
  76. that is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard. how is it ok to trample on someones basic human rights because of what you chose to believe in? look at other cultures and religions and think is it ok for you to be discriminated against because you are different? NO

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:28pm
  77. small minded ppl

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:28pm
  78. what the heck are these bigots so afraid of, they can fight it til they’re blue in the face but equality will happen

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:32pm
  79. probably a good thing we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:36pm
  80. that is so unconstitutional. and f’n stupid

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:40pm
  81. “This is one of the most offensive bills I’ve seen come out of here.” Yes, it is offensive!! Targeting and discriminating aginst specific groups is hatred and bigotry; a hate crime.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:42pm
  82. im becoming muslim this way i dont have to serve anybody and i can discriminate agsaisnst the life of someone by killing them

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:45pm
  83. American Taliban is alive and well in Kansas!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:52pm
  84. I thought we had beautiful little thing called separation of religion and state?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:54pm
  85. This fucked of country WHAT IN ALL OF THY FLYING HELL?! 2 steps forward 100 steps back this country is doomed with a side order of fucked.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:56pm
  86. Isn’t life about progressing? Seems we took a couple years worth of steps in the wrong direction here.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:57pm
  87. if this passes, it has to be completely generic, not so specific so that only gay couples… after all if you are going to make this happen, it’s only fair so that other groups can do the same thing right back… because that is the slippery slope you are heading for with this

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:03pm
  88. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. These are Jim Crow laws all over again.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:13pm
  89. I await the day these fucking religious freaks get this shoved down their throats. See, what people do not say or see, is how this is an attempt to make America a theocracy. When the other big religion bites your ass..I am gonna laugh until I piss in my pants. BTW, it is coming.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  90. kWaZy

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:19pm
  91. express trip to scotus!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:26pm
  92. Sigh….why on earth do any thinking people still want to have anything to do with religion?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
  93. I’m a former corrections officer from Kansas. The built in bigotry is one of the major reasons I am no longer there.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:44pm
  94. OMMFG! Will these ignorant, reich wing, christian fanatic, homophobic, bigoted pigs ever stop trying to legislate their fucked up religious beliefs! Perhaps what needs to be completely banned is all religious expression and discussion in any form outside of church and home in order to protect those of us who believe in human rights and equality for all from falling victim to this anti human horseshit!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:04pm
  95. Wow. These guys just don’t get the purpose of separation of church and state. Obviously, they slept through all their social studies classes. SO stupid!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:04pm
  96. Ridiculous. I can imagine the law suits that are being prepared at this moment.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:16pm
  97. Hi…are you Christians? Oh, you are? GET OUT, WE DO NOT SERVE YOUR KIND HERE!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:20pm
  98. Anyone remember the US Constitution’s guarantee of equality for all and separation of church and state?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:22pm
  99. Quick! Someone create a religion that says hypocrites and hatemongers are evil and not worth sympathy! Then we can all have a perfectly valid religious reason to deny hypoChristians any and all services.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:40pm
  100. Ummm…knock, knock, knock. Separation of church and state. Remember?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:52pm
  101. If a law like this ever existed it would be so easy for it to be horribly twisted and misused.

    “I’m a mean store owner and you happen to be a person that I don’t like for whatever odd biased reason. What religion are you? Okay I’m the exact opposite of that and I refuse to hire you (whether I really am or not). Or I already have people employed with me, can I fire them now based on religious beliefs or fail to promote them based on religious beliefs?”

    God this would be so cruel and unfair.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:56pm
  102. EXCELLENT! That way now followers of Astarte can freely discriminate against men.. unless they grab a cleaver and slice off their genitals. Ho hum! Can we stipulate “Astarte only likes Republican genitalia for her belt”? The Holy Scriptures are unclear on the point of Her olfactory sensitivity).

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:03pm
  103. Are gays really that scary? The Republicans are certainly afraid. Bastards!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:10pm
  104. Separation of church and state. That should never be amened.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:36pm
  105. On the bright side, it would allow other religions to give Christians a taste of their own medicine.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:38pm
  106. Never gonna happen

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:40pm
  107. Of course they are; Backward, Fascist,They’ hide their Burning crosses, in their Congress!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:17pm
  108. Makes perfect sense …. you can discriminate because you believe in God. What planet do these people live on??]

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:38pm
  109. The written law should not discriminate against anyone wanting services and those services should be available to everyone, straights, gays and lesbians. However, that being said, everyone has the right to act according to their conscience and religious views. If someone is a Christian and opposes gay and lesbian marriages they should be able to maintain the right not to marry a couple according to their religious views and conscience but not to deny them services such as getting married, the marriage certificate, y, etc. because then the gay and lesbian rights infringe on the Christian person’s values and conscience and that is wrong. If gays and lesbians feel the need to up the ante and not allow Christians to marry in their gay or lesbian churches it shouldn’t be a problem since devout Christian couples would not even consider getting married in a gay or lesbian ceremony or church.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:46pm
  110. Whatever happened to “separation of church and state”????

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:06pm
  111. So what happened to separation of church and state?
    What the hell is wrong with people…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:07pm
  112. Wow, are people actually stupid enough to fall for this crap. IF it happens to pass the courts will destroy it.But I guess it looks good to the loving compassionate christian conservatives it’s aimed at.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:07pm
  113. true...i am a "compassionate Christian Liberal" for the moment...your side is compassionate... :)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:24pm
  114. I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:13pm
  115. More Unconstitutional bullshit from the States.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:18pm
  116. wont hold up in court… hope they do try and waste their time and money

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:21pm
  117. It’s amazing what people will do to get away with discrimination!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:22pm
  118. Their just mad because we are winning.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:22pm
  119. Papa-jack or “Pow”…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:23pm
  120. I can’t believe that’s even something that could be proposed in this country.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:24pm
  121. Christo-fascist misogynists.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:25pm
  122. So if this travesty passed, a business could then refuse services/benefits to “Christians” based on their own religious beliefs. Got it. Be careful what you wish for…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:25pm
  123. Be mindful, my Christian friends. The weapon you wield against others can just as easily be used against you.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:30pm
  124. Religion is all about discrimination and murder. When will humans wake up, and just live their lives. There is no heaven, no hell, no god, and no devil. The only way we live on after we are dead is in the memories of the people who loved us.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:35pm
  125. No. Don’t consider it. Kick its ass out of government, as it has no place there.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:43pm
  126. I wonder what would happen if the table was reversed and we could discriminate based on a persons religious beliefs. After all religion is a choice they choose to be Christian. Excuse me, I can’t serve you because you are a Man of God and I do not believe in God so you can’t eat in my restaurant . It’s ridiculous. And the bills they are trying to pass are ridiculous.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:44pm
  127. Kansas! What the hell is the matter with you.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:03pm
  128. Not good

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:10pm
  129. These are Nazi hate laws equal to Hitler laws down with Homophobic bigots!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:19pm
  130. I hate this shit. Why is it that the way I was born is not Federally protected, but the CHOICE I made when I was 20 is?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:25pm
  131. Hope this bill burns up in flames. Horrible. STOP THE LEGALIZATION OF DISCRIMINATION!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:27pm
  132. “Separation of Church and State.” BOTTOM LINE. I really do not have any idea just who in the blue hell these religious types think they are, but this is NOT a theocracy we’re all living in. KEEP your faith, KEEP believing in whatever God you want to believe in, but don’t you dare believe for a single split second that you have any right in this world to wield your personal religious belief as a tool to dictate how laws are mandated in this country! People who insist that we do that have absolutely no business living in a secular society! I wish somebody, ANYBODY who has the proper authority, would just put these arrogant elitist snobs in their place once and for all. Enough is enough!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:29pm
  133. that stupid, discriminate always is discriminate

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:29pm
  134. It’s been that way in many states (Kentucky being our home) for a very long time, though I’ve never been denied service it does happen and if a officer wants to uphold the law they can detain LGBTQ people. I say all the LGBTQ people move to a community where we are accepted and show everyone how fabulous life can be without the assholes an bigots criminalizing us! My boyfriend an I moving away this year, who else is on board?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:38pm