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Kan. House OKs bill allowing religious discrimination against gay couples

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Updated: 3:00 p.m. CST

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gay rights advocates lashed out Wednesday at the Kansas House’s leading Democrat, saying he showed only tepid opposition to a bill protecting people who, based on their religious beliefs, discriminate against gays and lesbians.

KansasMinority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat who’s also running for governor, voted against the measure, which the House passed 72-49 on Wednesday, sending it to the state Senate.

The bill would prohibit government sanctions or anti-discrimination lawsuits against individuals, groups and businesses over faith-based refusals to recognize marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships or to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to couples.

Supporters argued that the bill would protect the rights of Kansans’ to adhere to their religious beliefs even if federal courts strike down the state constitution’s ban on same-sex unions. They contend the measure is akin to protections for churches, religious groups and others in states where lawmakers have legalized gay marriage.

Davis issued a statement after a House debate Tuesday saying the bill “goes out of its way to igno re the critical challenges families are facing right now.” The statement did not mention the bill’s contents or deal with critics’ main concern, that the measure would encourage widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“Every day we spend on issues like this is one day less this Legislature and Governor has to tackle the real, growing crises at hand,” Davis said in the statement.

Davis is the presumed Democratic challenger this year to conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who hasn’t formally endorsed the bill but has said he believes religious freedoms need to be protected. Davis is trying to woo unaffiliated voters and disaffected GOP moderates by emphasizing economic issues and education funding.

Gay rights advocates have become an increasing visible constituency within the Kansas Democratic Party over the past decade, particularly as the GOP has moved further right on social issues.

On Wednesday, Equality Kansas State Chairwoman Sandra Meade decried Davis’ response to a “blatant attempt to maintain second-class citizen status” for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Kansans.

“What is most disappointing about the House vote to pass this bill isn’t the vote of the conservatives who we know must appease their extremist base, but the lack of public action to oppose or amend the bill by those legislators who claim they sincerely oppose it,” Meade said in a statement.

“It’s unfortunate that discrimination against LGBT Kansans is seen as a distraction for the Democratic leadership, rather than a call to action,” added Meade.

Davis declined to respond to the statement.

Supporters of the bill contend that scenarios for widespread discrimination are far-fetched. They say the bill is narrowly tailored to protect florists and bakers who don’t want to supply flowers or cakes for gay weddings, or churches that want to refuse the use of their sanctuaries to gay couples. Such conflicts have arisen in other states, including Oregon and Colorado, though the supporters of the bill haven’t cited any Kansas examples.

“While homosexual marriage is not inevitable here in Kansas, this legislation would protect the rights of individuals, businesses, religious institutions and churches with sincerely held religious beliefs should subsequent court cases strike down the Kansas Marriage Amendment,” said Robert Noland, executive director of the Kansas Family Policy Council, which opposes gay marriage.

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  1. This is bs

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:31pm
  2. Also unconstitutional, I suspect. If it passes, someone will challenge it in court.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:33pm
  3. So sad, discriminatory, & repulsive!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:33pm
  4. Mailing a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the Kansas lege…they obviously haven’t read the first 10 Amendments.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:33pm
  5. theyre asking for supreme cour of the us to afford gay genuiley equal protection under the 14th amendment

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:35pm
  6. THIS IS FUCKED UP.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:36pm
  7. How can a bill prevent a lawsuit against it?! thats violate the separation of powers!!! and prevents judicial review?!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:37pm
  8. Can we call it Sharia law if the “christians” are pushing it? I am sure they would love that comparison. Truth hurts.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:37pm
  9. Amazing! They persist in pursuing this charade, which won’t last 5 minutes in federal court.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:38pm
  10. Again, will they stand up if we refuse to provide services for opposite-sex ceremonies too?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:39pm
  11. And this is what comes from changing the Constitution to ban same sex marriage. Trust me more is coming and it’s gonna affect us and the hetro homophobs look @ it. Religious discrimination. ..REALLY

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:40pm
  12. Wow… That’s why they don’t like religious because their too judgment and ignorance. smh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:43pm
  13. So the constitution freedom of religious discrimination I am catholic and now am discriminated.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:56pm
  14. Again, if they are able to discriminate against a group of people, they can pay taxes like the rest of us…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:02pm
  15. Isn’t that why we fucking came to this fucking land in the FIRST place is because of England’s religious intolerance. . .

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:03pm
  16. Sad sad people

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:05pm
  17. How do people even get away with this? Isn’t this a “free country”?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:11pm
  18. 100% Unconstitutional. It will be headed to court in no time!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:12pm
  19. Guess I won’t be spending any money in Kansas.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:13pm
  20. Sick! SHAME on KANSAS!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:19pm
  21. Next we will be back to refusing service due to the color of the skin. BOOO KANSAS!!! ONE GIANT LEAP BACK!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:20pm
  22. So if someone of a different religion, ie pagan, muslim, jewish, refuses services to a christian how is that going to work? What if a jewish dr decides he isn’t going to care for a catholic patient, is that protected? It does work both ways and until it is overturned, it is a slippery slope.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:29pm
  23. When will we get off the computer and get out and fight this insanity? Where is our MLK?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:31pm
  24. For those of you who do not know. The Koch Brothers corporation is run from Kansas, these are the Men who currently OWN the Republican Party. They are the backbone of the TEA PARTY movement. Now you know why this is happening there.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:33pm
  25. Another round of lawsuits in the courts coming!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:35pm
  26. Unbelievable. Our country’s forefathers are rolling over in their graves. America is supposed to be a shining example of democracy. We are supposed to be a country that values freedom. But bigots don’t care about the principles upon which America was founded. They don’t give a crap about the constitution, except when they want THEIR rights protected. Twenty years from now, people will look upon their actions with derision and outrage…. just like this generation feels towards the KKK.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:35pm
  27. Bigotry is now something to vote on?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:37pm
  28. Time to elect a Teaparty Taliban cleric for life as governor of Kansas.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:39pm
  29. I can visualize massive law suits in the state of Kansas’s near future!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:45pm
  30. All churches and religions should have there tax exempt status revoked!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:52pm
  31. And you wonder why Dorothy wanted to leave???

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:06pm
  32. For the Christians(?) behind this movement. What would Jesus do? I think I know, he would toss you out on your ass!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:10pm
  33. This makes me want to open a bar just so i can tell all those good for nothing christians that i don’t serve their kind. Think of how many people the that we burned at the stake because it was gods will, as a pagan wouldn’t it be my right to do so if This bill were to pass. Swords cut both ways bitches. This isnt just something that would effect the LGBTQ community, this effects anyone that the religious owner deems unworthy and that is wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:23pm
  34. Bigots

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:34pm
  35. Time for these bigots 501(c)(3) status to be revoked

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:49pm
  36. FUCK YOU KANSAS! I’ll start a petition to ban you from the USA.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:56pm
  37. The Friendly State my ass

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:57pm
  38. If they were truly Christians, they wouldn’t be discriminating.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:59pm
  39. TRUTH!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:03pm
  40. Ignorant, homophobic asshattery.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:59pm
  41. And in the Bible it states that we are not to pass judgement

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:00pm
  42. I want y’all to know the people of Kansas are better than this! When we got married at the equality house the businesses of Topeka donated everything!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:00pm
  43. I would like to see a bill that allows discrimination against bigots.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:01pm
  44. That's just called bigotry. Don't fight hate with hate.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:34pm
  45. Sometimes the only thing left is fighting fire with fire.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:25pm
  46. Then you are no better then them.....

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:16pm
  47. I can’t wait for the aclu coyrt battle

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:01pm
  48. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:01pm
  49. As the gay son of Christians who love me no matter what i would just say that there is a difference between a homophobe and someone who has a view given to them by their faith. If we are asking for tolerance and acceptance then perhaps we should be a little more understanding ourselves and understand that not all Christians are homophobes. it makes us no better than the ones who are.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:01pm
  50. you're right. the members of the house who voted for the bill are homophobes, though. at the very least, they only have their own selfish interests at heart.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:33pm
  51. Im sorry but unless you know each of them personally you do not know that. Here in the UK our law quite clearly bans our main church from conducting ceremonies and specifically says that no religious organisation will be forced to conduct them. Thats is NOT homophobia that is allowing people their right to express their personal beliefs without harming the LGBT community. Spouting ignorance doesnt help on either side.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:48pm
  52. how in the world is supporting a bill which legalizes discrimination NOT bigotry and/or exercising homophobia? you are comparing a church refusing gay wedding ceremonies to a government passing a bill which could cost people their jobs, allow for refusal of medical treatment from religious-based hospitals, make it difficult to find employment, and be denied services at public businesses (churches are privatized institutions--they can discriminate freely). i hesitate to even call the people supporting this bill "christians." a collective group of prejudice people is more appropriate.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00pm
  53. I wish they taught subtlety these days. Someone who acts according to their conscience given to them by their faith is not the same as someone acting out of hate and prejudice. One comes from a place of faith and the other comes from a place of hate. Thats how.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:02pm
  54. if they were truly following their faith, they would not even propose such garbage. so, if we were to regress and propose a bill legalizing discrimination against blacks based on biblical beliefs, you'd be perfectly okay with it so long as it was in the name of faith?

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:13pm
  55. Weston I suggest you actually read doctrine before making statements. You havent understood the point and are resorting to flaming.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:14pm
  56. excuse me, i asked you a question. i'd appreciate if you'd acknowledge it rather than act condescending and assume i haven't been subjected to biblical teachings. i was raised in a christian family after all.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:17pm
  57. Then you should know the difference between someone who hates and someone who is following their faith.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:22pm
  58. no answer? i mean, there are portions of the bible which condone slavery, and the bible was commonly used as a reference in support of segregation. people treated blacks as inferior, second-class citizens because it coincided with their faith. would you support regressing to this kind of behavior? i don't. i think it's despicable. discrimination is discrimination, no matter if it pertains to race, sexual orientation, or creed.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:29pm
  59. I'm answering you just dont like the fact that its not a black and white issue that can be answered by reading a text book. Marriage is a 'concept', life is not. You are confusing issues because you just want to see good and evil well the world doesnt work like that. You dont get answers by reading a text book and quoting texts. You get them by living, talking, being open and being understanding and empathetic. That works both ways. Talking about marriage is not having a conversation about slavery. One is the right to have your union recognized by law the other is the right to exist. But forcing your opinion and ethics on another group who disgaree with you about a 'concept' is just as ignorant. This bill does deny you your eventual rights to be equal under the eyes of the law, but protects the right of people who have a different opinion to yours. So you ARE flaming by bringing up slavery which has no bearing on this judgement. If you believe in democracy, free speech, freedom of though and freedom to practice your religion without persecution there is nothing wrong with this law. Im sorry but this world is not the black and white place you want it to be.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:37pm
  60. This is a classic example of why the developed world is turning away from the US on issues of social progression and democracy. Because you do not allow for subtlety at all.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:41pm
  61. you're giving those who ARE religious the power to persecute others. have you even read the proposed bill? i have. not only does it allow for discrimination against those who are a part of the LGBT community, it also opens the door for discriminating against other religions. you are failing to even acknowledge how this could hurt people. there is no argument for this bill as it is morally wrong. even more important, it directly defies our constitutional rights. here in america, we have this thing called separation of church and state.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:44pm
  62. Yes, you inherited this from us. Oh I acknowledge it, I just havent agreed with everything you have stated.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:44pm
  63. Mmmm, Most Religious and christians discrimination LGBT people or other kind it, Period! Look Anti gay law 83 countries! Wake up!!!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:10pm
  64. Thats the tabloid version

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:11pm
  65. And I won't friendly and will ignore these religious and christians anymore. sorry.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:19pm
  66. Do what you like, but extremes never work.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:20pm
  67. so, you support a business owner firing a gay or transgender employee because their religious convictions allow for it? what's to stop a religious landlord from evicting gay or transgender tenants? and what of those LGBT members who are seeking employment? this bill could make it difficult for them to even land decent jobs. that is what this bill allows, and that is the point we are trying to get through to you. religious people are able to continue to go to church and practice their religion. hell, religious business owners are allowed to hang crosses and hand out complimentary bibles along with their services. there is a line which cannot be crossed, and that line is outlined in the constitution. discrimination infringes upon our basic human rights. maybe you should be denied service or fired from a job for being gay. possibly kicked out of your home by a religious landlord. sounds as if that's the only way you'll ever understand how unjust and dangerous these types of laws are.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:30pm
  68. What a sick bunch of Bible nuts!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:02pm
  69. ….and we talk about Russia…….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:03pm
  70. I can tell you right now, this will NOT stand.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:03pm
  71. Yeah….THAT won’t be challenged…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:04pm
  72. That’s the south for you! We will keep up the fight to have our rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:05pm
  73. Kansas isn't the south, it's the Midwest. Ignorance is every where not just in the south. Have you read about all the hate crimes in New York?

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:12pm
  74. So the House past a discriminatory bill. Wow! Amazing that they can promote discrimination. I hope the Senate shuts it down. If not, it will end up being shut down by the Supreme Court.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:06pm
  75. Please, what a waste of time just to pander to one group. This bill has no chance at all of standing, it will be knocked down by the first judge who sees it.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:07pm
  76. Because my state is dumb as a box of rocks, and they are 250 years behind anyone else.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:08pm
  77. What a outright shame! Do we have to sit in the back of buses and drink from a different water fountain? This is going to make discrimination a huge problem all over again!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:08pm
  78. Ignorant Homophobic Feckers

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:09pm
  79. America / Russia…..can you see the difference? Just sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:09pm
  80. Remove the tax exempt status…..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:10pm
  81. If this doesn’t scream LAWSUIT then I don’t know what does. One of the things I love about this country is that we have freedom of religion and to say that any one state has the power to trump that on religious grounds is a direct violation of the constitution of the United states!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:10pm
  82. Bible Thumping Bigots will Riot in HELL for sure.!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:10pm
  83. This needs to be a flippin’ joke. SMGDFH!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:11pm
  84. Look, I’m all for allowing people to have religion, but who the hell works so hard to pass laws for their religion, when they don’t follow the rest if the rules?
    The book of Leviticus has a lot of rules nobody follows. I don’t see christians passing laws against people that mix fabrics, eat shellfish or pork or people that don’t sacrifice living animals on an alter to god.
    This is a clear rejection of the separation of church and state. I suggest business owners move into Kansas, offer amazingly low priced stuffs, and deny christians the right to enter your establishment.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:11pm
  85. So does that mean that someone of a different religion can discriminate against other religions? When does it end?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:13pm
  86. so where, then, is the bill that allows gays to discriminate against the religious?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:14pm
  87. This is atrocious. TN is trying to do the same thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:15pm
  88. We are not born with hate…were taught hate…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:16pm
  89. I see no way this law will make it anywhere but, to file 13 in the senate.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:16pm
  90. Yep….they get religious freedom and they take it away from everyone else. Way to go, Kansas, for undoing everything this country has done to prevent discrimination…..sigh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:16pm
  91. what a crock….I agree with you Scott

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:17pm
  92. WTF? ignorant idiots!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:21pm
  93. then when i open a business i’m discriminating against republicans…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:22pm
  94. Not good no visiting this state.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:22pm
  95. good, next they can ban blacks and women from voting and maybe make black people sit at the back of the buses and maybe even make them be ower slaves again. if you couldnt tell that was a joke.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:23pm
  96. Fuck my state…. Ugh.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:23pm
  97. so much hate towards fellow human beings!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:23pm
  98. Assholes!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:24pm
  99. Wow

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:25pm
  100. What happened to separation of religion and govt?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:25pm
  101. great

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:25pm
  102. Attorney General ruled otherwise last week?! Hello?
    Little house on the prairie is history bye bye

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:26pm
  103. Thou shall not judge….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:28pm
  104. Disheartening

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:32pm
  105. Glad to know thousands of years of oppression is still strong and none of them care.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:32pm
  106. It’s not just gay couples; this legislation is drafted with broad enough language that it is a threat to gay couples, women, sexual education, reproductive health, and anything else that can be related to “sex” and “gender”.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:33pm
  107. This Bill can & will go both directions. I see multimillion dollar lawsuits in the near future, clogging up the court system.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:33pm
  108. They are living in the dark ages when bigotry was ok, don’t think they will ever change

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:35pm
  109. This needs to go to the Supreme Court. How can you legislate permission to discriminate……especially employment and services? Doesn’t surprise me….Kansas is the new Arkansas!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:35pm
  110. Yet Jesus never discriminated.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:36pm
  111. In other words, christians feel they are either above the law or it doesnt apply to them? Maybe i should start my own religion, seems to be quite profitable too

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:36pm
  112. so much for separation of church and state !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:36pm
  113. they are republicans that part of the constitution is conveniently ignored

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:33pm
  114. No wonder Dorthy wanted to get out of Kansas.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:37pm
  115. It’s time to file a lawsuit this is unconstitutional and violates Church and state separation.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:37pm
  116. Now I don’t have to serve Christians because I dont agree with their lifestyle.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
  117. Agree. That's why I have lost respect them. Most religious and christians are judgment and bigots. I won't friendly christians anymore.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:14pm
  118. Backward regressive politics in the worse way.. These people are totally out of touch. Kansas hicks!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
  119. Ron Hertz, you wouldn’t be missing anything!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
  120. One step back. I’m ashamed that my state touches KS sometimes…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:42pm
  121. Another state I won’t live in.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:53pm
  122. This is SICKENING in these times. Smh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:56pm
  123. This is a sad sad shame when a government tells its people its ok to discriminate for ANY reason.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:59pm
  124. To be continued….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:02pm
  125. So glad I’m moving out of this state soon!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:03pm
  126. Another Supreme Court challenge in the works

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:09pm
  127. Unbelievable!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:10pm
  128. :/

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:10pm
  129. Umm, hello, what part of the U.S. Constitution dont they get? YOU CANT PASS THIS LEGALLY!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:11pm
  130. Oh Toto looks like we need to find a new homeo !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:20pm
  131. A public business shouldn’t have that option. It’s something that’s going to be on the ballot in Oregon this year… Jesus would be pissed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:24pm
  132. love this…I’m so proud to be a bigot homophobe and whatever name gay people can come up with

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:24pm
  133. Disgusting

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:25pm
  134. Shame on you Kansas

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:28pm
  135. if this passes, i will not be silent any longer. i’ll join an activist group and sue the hell out of this state if i have to.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:31pm
  136. I truly hope that we can get some help in this state! It has completely gone off the deep end! I have never really been a fan of this state and now they are making it ok to discriminate against gays legally! Something has to happen to stop this! We are suppose to have separation of Church and State and for some reason this state feels they are above this! COMMUNITY FRIENDS HELP US PLEASE

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:33pm
  137. It is ALWAYS FUCKING religious assholes.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:35pm
  138. Its a shame our community isn’t concentrated enough to protest this by doing the same exact things to heterosexuals.
    Deny them services, evict them, boycott products they produce. Get elected into various offices and repeal these laws…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:40pm
  139. i guarantee you there would be complaints and stories if a gay person refused service to a christian. the thing is, that's bad business and loss of profit. any smart business owner in the public sector would not refuse service to anyone.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:45pm
  140. wait till the US supreme court gets THIS one!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:41pm
  141. I think that there shouldn’t have to be a law for a business to be able to decide who they serve and who they don’t. It’s a lot like, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service!

    It’s a business. If the business fails because people don’t buy from them.. Natural selection prevails.. No need to make a stupid law.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:45pm
  142. Jake Davies

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:47pm
  143. What BS.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:55pm
  144. Alex Delbarre; this isn’t just about marriage. This bill allows businesses to deny us service, it allows landlords to evict us from our homes, banks to revoke loans, and so much more.
    If this were just about marriage, I wouldn’t care in the slightest. I agree that people should be allowed to marry whom they want, and the fact that there are laws pertaining to marriage means it isn’t religious anymore.
    If a specific church doesn’t want to marry people, then so be it. Find another, or look at another option, like the botanical gardens.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:58pm
  145. Banks have no business being religious. Et All.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:59pm
  146. Exactly! That's why I have lost respect for christians anymore. I won't friendly religious and christians anymore.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:24pm
  147. Fuck in this man

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:59pm
  148. Does thos mean that some business could decide to officially discriminate against Black people & it would be OK in Kansas. (Yes, I realize they are being specific but my point is that making it legal to discriminate against one group opens up the floodgates to discriminate against – well, anyone you don’t like – for “religious” reasons, of course.)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:03pm
  149. No one wants to live in That ugly, flat place anyway….Let the tornadoes have them…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:04pm
  150. Acting out of faith? Are you serious?
    Only one line in the bible has anything to do with homosexuality. “Man should not lay with man as he does a woman, for that is abomination”.
    Guess what, the same book, called book of Leviticus, also says not to wear mixed clothing, eat shellfish, eat pork, and you can’t shave. Guess they forget the rules until it comes to lgbt peoples, huh.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:06pm
  151. The Peoples Republic of Kansas has just enshrined hatred and bigotry under their bible!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:13pm
  152. Because BIGOTRY!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:14pm
  153. Now that Kansas is in Russia, we should offer LGBT people in Kansas asylum in other states and boycott EVERYTHING sold in Kansas. Oh wait that won’t work to stop gay bashing laws there either NEVER MIND

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:20pm
  154. Two steps forward, one step back, this MUST be unconstitutional..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:42pm
  155. Pathetic!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:44pm
  156. Oh No …

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:45pm
  157. sick

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:50pm
  158. bastards

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:55pm
  159. Bigotry.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:56pm
  160. They should be cut off from federal funding then. Start with MY tax dollars!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:00pm
  161. human decency is all that God asks from all of us…not like, accep;t

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:07pm
  162. Separation of church and state – any form of discrimination is evil

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:10pm
  163. Headline should be: Kansas invites more expensive lawsuits into its state

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:15pm
  164. Hope the first suits start soon….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:28pm
  165. yay that shit will be reversed at a higher level….it will never fly!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:29pm
  166. Well time to sue their state.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:36pm
  167. Alex Delbarre; you’ve shown nothing here to be important in any discussion.
    America is supposedly built on freedom from oppression, and while most states are moving toward true equality, Kansas is taking a step backwards.
    They are using christianity to be bullies. They are hurting us. They are evil people, and they are going against the very bible they promote. They are also ignoring the rules within the very same book that condemns homosexuality.
    If you want to enforce religious law in american law, then perhaps they should start following them first.
    Book of leviticus is old testament. When Jesus was sent, the rules of god changed to love and acceptance. Learn your own book.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:40pm
  168. Please don’t judge Christians by these fools. My God is a loving, accepting God and teaches us not to judge. I am amazed how people hide behind God for their stupidity. I won’t be clicking my shoes to go to Kansas!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:41pm
  169. Will they also allow discrimination against those who wear mixed fabrics, eat shellfish, are divorced, are menstruating or any number of other outdated taboos? Non-discrimination laws are to protect ALL of us and they may be very sorry they went down this road. As for me, I follow Christ’s teachngs of non-judgment and loving one another. I don’t consider these folks to be Christians at all. They give us all a horrible name.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:41pm
  170. This will not last long….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:43pm
  171. Earn money, get paid online!

    http://bit.ly/1kCsGep

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:44pm
  172. Vile.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:49pm
  173. Alex, marriage is not a “concept”, it is a legal contract between two people which comes with more than 1,000 rights and responsibilities. Its definition is not even consistent in the Bible. Many Biblical “heroes” had HUNDREDS of wives and concubines. This law, though, is not even about marriage, it is about erasing decades of progress on equal treatment of all in a free society. I suggest you observe Seventh Day Adventists. As part of their faith, they do not eat meat. You NEVER see them out insisting on laws that keep others from doing so! In fact, if you are treated in one of their wonderful hospitals and are a meat eater, they will serve you meat. THAT is how you conduct yourself in a free society if you want to ensure that your own rights are not trampled on.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:51pm
  174. Religion needs to be outlawed…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:51pm
  175. Until it’s struck down. And it will be.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:53pm
  176. Kansas sucks!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:00pm
  177. POS

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:03pm
  178. The LGBT community should refuse goods and services to any of the ones that allowed this travesty.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:12pm
  179. What ?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:13pm
  180. crazy but its coo kansas wasnt a state i wanted to visit are live in anyway

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:13pm
  181. isn’t there something written somewhere about the church and the state not mixing?? I know I read it somewhere,, darn,, were was it…..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:15pm
  182. not everyone in kansas feels this way!! lgbt love here!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:27pm
  183. I guess we will be moving… This is ludicrous!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:28pm
  184. I don’t ever go near this fucking state anyway….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:32pm
  185. Supreme Court challenge in 3..2..1..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:40pm
  186. As the gay son of Christians who love me no matter what i would just say that there is a difference between a homophobe and someone who has a view given to them by their faith. If we are asking for tolerance and acceptance then perhaps we should be a little more understanding ourselves and understand that not all Christians are homophobes. it makes us no better than the ones who are.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:43pm