Kansas Moves Forward With Legislation To Protect Religious-Based Discrimination Of LGBT
A Kansas House of Representatives panel has advanced a bill that would further protect religious groups and individuals from legal retributions for discriminating against the LGBT community.
Kansas law already protects employees from being sanctioned based on religious beliefs, but supporters of House Bill 2453 said more is necessary to protect religious freedom.
The bill says governmental entities cannot require individuals, businesses or religious groups to provide services, facilities, goods or employment benefits related to any marriage or domestic partnership. It also prohibits anti-discrimination lawsuits on such grounds.
Critics say the measure promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians and encourages government officials to ignore court rulings favoring gay marriage.