Kansas Bill Allows LGBT Discrimination to Expand Religious Liberty

Friday, February 14, 2014

A wedding cake with statuettes of two women is seen in West Hollywood, California, May 15, 2008. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty)

Kansas legislators aren't feeling the love this Valentine's Day.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to cite their religious beliefs and deny services or goods to a gay couple getting married or entering a civil union.

The bill passed in the House and is now moving to the Senate for review.

And even though gay marriage is banned in Kansas, the bill would also bar anti-discrimination lawsuits, making the law largely about safeguarding those who want to express what lawmakers have referred to as "religious liberty."

Joining The Takeaway to weigh in is Kansas State Representative Barbara Bollier, one of 19 Republican House members to vote against the bill.

And Allen Rostron, a professor of constitutional law at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Guests:

Barbara Bollier and Allen Rostron

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

As one judge said, in a struggle between sexual rights and religious rights, sexual rights always wins. It should be the other way around.

Feb. 17 2014 07:46 AM

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