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Catholic Rep. Louis Ruiz Introduces LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill in Kansas House

Rep. Louis Ruiz, D-Kansas City, has introduced a bill in the Kansas House banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Wichita Eagle reports:

RuizRep. Louis Ruiz, D-Kansas City, introduced the bill a month after the Kansas House passed a bill that critics said would have legalized discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.

“What’s our message when we have these type of discriminatory bills that come out at either the federal or the state level? We’re defeating our own purpose as a country that wants to be inclusive. To me, this is a no-brainer,” said Ruiz, who is the ranking minority member on the Federal and State Affairs Committee, which initially passed HB 2453. He was one of its fiercest critics.

His bill, which does not have a number yet, would extend the same legal protections that prohibit discrimination based on religion, gender and race to sexual orientation and gender identity. This would make it illegal for a company to refuse to hire or serve someone for being gay or transgender, just as it is illegal to refuse to hire or serve someone based on skin color.

Kansas has a law protecting LGBT people in state employment but that's as far as it goes.

Ruiz "expects the bill to receive strong opposition, but hopes it will get assigned to the Federal and State Affairs Committee."


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/11/3338790/house-bill-would-ban-discrimination.html#storylink=cpy

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  1. Despite the antipathy of Catholic bishops to LGBT people and our rights, Catholic lawmakers are often quite supportive.

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 13, 2014 12:06:29 PM


  2. I'd expect the Republicans to add their religious exemptions to this bill, if they take it up at all. That could convince the Kansas Senate—which has so far refused to consider HB 2453—to allow the religious exemptions as a "compromise."

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 13, 2014 1:24:11 PM


  3. @JohnPatrick, I agree. Many of our biggest champions in Congress and Government are Democratic politicians who are often Catholic. Those who aren't part of the of the bigot brigade (and they come in many flavors, not just Catholics) are often inspired by the social justice focus of on-the-ground Catholicism. Much like with the military, it's the leadership--the old guys from the WWII generation and just after who are the public face and official decision makers of the institution--who give Catholics a bad name. Poll after poll in America shows that Catholics now support liberal policies and even same-sex marriage now. As younger Catholics come up into leadership, as with the military and DADT, the official line will change a bit after the rest of the membership has.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Mar 13, 2014 1:55:14 PM


  4. @JohnPatrick, I agree. Many of our biggest champions in Congress and Government are Democratic politicians who are often Catholic. Those who aren't part of the of the bigot brigade (and they come in many flavors, not just Catholics) are often inspired by the social justice focus of on-the-ground Catholicism. Much like with the military, it's the leadership--the old guys from the WWII generation and just after who are the public face and official decision makers of the institution--who give Catholics a bad name. Poll after poll in America shows that Catholics now support liberal policies and even same-sex marriage now. As younger Catholics come up into leadership, as with the military and DADT, the official line will change a bit after the rest of the membership has.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Mar 13, 2014 1:55:14 PM


  5. @JohnPatrick, I agree. Many of our biggest champions in Congress and Government are Democratic politicians who are often Catholic. Those who aren't part of the of the bigot brigade (and they come in many flavors, not just Catholics) are often inspired by the social justice focus of on-the-ground Catholicism. Much like with the military, it's the leadership--the old guys from the WWII generation and just after who are the public face and official decision makers of the institution--who give Catholics a bad name. Poll after poll in America shows that Catholics now support liberal policies and even same-sex marriage now. As younger Catholics come up into leadership, as with the military and DADT, the official line will change a bit after the rest of the membership has.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Mar 13, 2014 1:55:16 PM


  6. Polls have proven consistently that Catholics, along with Jews, are liberal on social issues.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 13, 2014 2:03:16 PM


  7. But wait, I thought The Latino Community were so Gay friendly and African Americans were the homophobes?

    Posted by: Jolly Vagina | Mar 13, 2014 3:34:18 PM


  8. Now we're talking. It's a 'no-brainer' is absolutely correct Louis. Thank you for doing the right thing when so many others hold back.

    Waiting to see what excuses legislator offer up for refusing to include the group most often discriminated against today in their anti-discrimination laws.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Mar 13, 2014 3:45:22 PM


  9. Did you actually read the post, @JollyVagina? Louis Ruiz is on our side.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 13, 2014 4:37:43 PM


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