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Hundreds Rally In Kansas to Protest Bill Allowing Religious-Based Discrimination Against Gays


Some 250 people joined in a rally outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka yesterday to protest against a proposed bill that would have allowed religious-based discrimination against gays. The Lawrence Journal-World reports:

During Sunday's protest, which was organized by the gay rights advocacy group Equality House of Topeka, participants formed two lines behind signs labeled "Second Class Citizens" and "Straight People." The lines went up the south steps of the Capitol.

"We don't judge others," said Dee Moore, of Topeka. "We think all are God's children."

Jeremy Morgan, also a Topeka resident, said when he first heard about the bill, it frightened him that he and his spouse, who were legally married in Iowa, could be denied services.

"We don't want to be humiliated. We want to be treated like everybody else," Morgan said.

The negative publicity surrounding the Kansas GOP’s efforts to legalize discrimination appears to have worked, as several leading Senate Republicans in the state have now blocked the bill in its current form

Video of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Did these Republicans really think they were going to get away with such a discriminatory law? How sick can you get?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 17, 2014 11:27:09 AM

  2. We need more lions and fewer Christians...because they've been eaten by the lions. Nero knew.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 17, 2014 11:37:04 AM

  3. Great to see this in probably the second-most homophobic state. Well, second-most of the predominantly white states, at least.

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 17, 2014 12:42:26 PM

  4. Could this be the "door-in-the-face" method being employed by these anti-gay Kansasans(sp?)? Start with a larger request (a more repulsive one) that is expected to be refused, and then move on to a smaller request (less repulsive) in the hopes of increasing the odds of the second request being accepted?
    'Well, it's ok to deny gays service at restaurants, bakeries, florists, movie theaters, etc., because we're not denying them police, fire, and medical services'.

    Regardless, from my perspective it seems that any anti-gay idea gets passed in some form or another almost immediately in the USA, and it takes forever to deconstruct it. Even if the anti-gay idea dosn't pass, average anti-gay citizens will apply it anyway with impunity. Well, when Kansas does pass whatever form of anti-gay protocol it intends, gays and their allies can start the long process of line by line, year by year, deconstructing it... Maybe you can get the job done before Russia needs to renew its 100 year ban on gay pride...

    Posted by: n1 | Feb 17, 2014 2:52:31 PM

  5. Great to see these pro equality demonstrations taking place in the American heartland.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 17, 2014 9:59:32 PM

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