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Kansas anti-discrimination bill seeks to protect to LGBT citizens

“Coming out is risky,” Meade said. “And it’s risky in a conservative environment because of the amount of demagoguery that’s going on.”

Meade added that requiring transgender women to use men’s bathrooms puts them at risk.

But Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national group focused on religious freedom issues, insisted “these laws restrict everyone’s freedom.”

She cited the potential financial consequences of a Washington florist being sued under that state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

“And if she loses her case, she will not only lose her business, but she will lose her entire life savings, her home. She will lose everything because of a law like this,” Fiedorek said.

Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita, said he worried that the legislation would “take rights from one group of people and bestow them to another.”

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