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Kansas Chamber: Governor’s order sufficient on gay marriage

Kansas Chamber: Governor’s order sufficient on gay marriage
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)

TOPEKA, Kan. –– The Kansas Chamber of Commerce says legislators should not pursue a new religious objections law following an executive order from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback protecting clergy and religious groups.

The influential business group issued a statement Wednesday saying that Brownback’s executive order is a sufficient response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation.

Kansas had banned gay marriage and refused to recognize such marriages from other states. Brownback said the high court ruling is a potential threat to religious liberties.

His order Tuesday told Kansas government agencies that they can’t punish ministers or religious groups for opposing same-sex marriage.

The chamber said it recommends against expanding the order’s scope or enacting a broader religious objections law because it worries about burdens on business.

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