Kansas Bill Allowing Religion-Based Discrimination Against Gays is Blocked

A Kansas bill that would have allowed religious-based discrimination against gays has been blocked in its current form by several Senate Republicans who joined Democrat opposition:

WagleSusan Wagle, a conservative Republican who is president of the Kansas Senate, raised opposition to the House measure, saying she had “grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill” and “my members don’t condone discrimination.”

Ms. Wagle was backed by Senator Jeff King, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who said he would not hold hearings on the House bill. Instead, Mr. King said, his committee would hold hearings on the broader topic of religious freedom in Kansas and explore whether the Legislature needed to take any further steps to shore up those protections.

For a helpful look at the measures present in the bill, check out Cenk Uygur's 'Young Turks' discussion of it.


  1. jmartindale says

    You can plan on a slighly less overt expression of bigotry to come out of the Kansas Senate now. They will narrow it down from legislating bigotry against all gays to legislating their bigotry against married gays.

  2. Lymis says

    I agree – they will probably pass something that exempts people from any participation in a wedding ceremony or wedding celebration that they disapprove of, rather than the sweeping segregation they proposed.

    If they limit it to exempting people only from same-sex weddings, though, rather than from all weddings, it’ll still go down in flames in the court, as it should.

    And there will still be people who say, “If the baker is allowed to refuse to sell a cake for their wedding, how come I’m not allowed to refuse to sell them food for their home dinner table?” And they will be right – NOBODY should be allowed to discriminate like that.

  3. Chuck Mielke says

    I prefer to look on a brighter side: I think the power of the radical right extremists has begun to wane. Less extreme righties have begun to push back, seeing how the extremists have damaged them.

  4. ian says

    darn. this bill would have been so damaging to the GOP on a national scale even though it is state legislation if passed. of course the sponsors of the bill and its supporters know it is outrageously unconstitutional and would never pass. They know it would be overturned in short order if it did. the point of this exercise is to curry favor with the bigoted base of the GOP; for the GOP state reps to establish their ‘cultural’ bonafides.

  5. Jim says

    Isn’t it interesting that all of the stories that feature cruel, anti-gay Republican bigotry never have the usual crowd of gay Republicans?

    Come on, where are the gay Republicans like Enchantra, Rick, and others to tell us how wonderful the GOP is and how hateful non-Republicans are for not embracing the Republican Party?

    Why aren’t the gay Republicans here defending their fellow Republicans right to religious “liberty”? Hmmm…

    Democracy works best when there are multiple parties. The GOP went from the party of Lincoln in the 1960s to the party of hate when Goldwater/Nixon embraced the racist elements of society. The launch of the Southern Strategy led to 50 years of divide and conquer politics that has impeded social growth of the US. How many people’s lives have been destroyed or lost because the GOP foments racism and homophobia to win votes?

    Look at Florida’s evil Stand Your Ground law. That has led to the deaths of how many innocent people? Modern day lynching has returned.

    I’m tired of gay Republicans. The ones who are no quitting the party because of “intolerance” turned a blind eye to Bush using anti-gay legislation in 2004 to win the election. They kept silent when the GOP demonized the poor, blacks and Latinos. Now teachers, union members, and government workers are the new horribles.

    It’s bad for democracy that we only have one political party that shows any interest in treating Americans with equality.

  6. oncemorewithfeeling says

    Please educate yourself on Republican hate speech, which is a topic one would expect someone who runs a site that reports daily on Republican hate would know by now.

    It is a Republican insult to return to “Democratic opposition” as “Democrat opposition”.

    How on Earth can you not know this?

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