Kansas House approves response on gay marriage

CapitolTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has approved a bill aimed at keeping individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to help with same-sex weddings.

The House’s 72-49 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate.

Supporters describe it as a religious freedom measure. Opponents contend it will encourage discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The bill would bar government sanctions when individuals, groups and businesses cite religious beliefs in refusing to recognize a marriage or civil union, or to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to a couple. Anti-discrimination lawsuits also would be barred. Individual workers and government employees also would get some protections.

The measure is a response to the possibility that the federal courts could invalidate the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriages.


  • YahooSerious

    72 people in our house are haters. Same type who would ban interracial marriages. Other than guns, I have seen this Kansas house write nothing but hate bills and bills restricting access to just about everything; even tanning beds haha. When the elephant party decides they really are about small government, personal freedoms and less government intrusion then maybe I’ll consider voting for one, until then, never going to happen.

    • No Telling

      I failed to read anywhere that there was, is, or has been a bill passed or introduced into legislature banning interracial marriages.

      Only people I see hating are the one’s that want to change status quo.

      Highway 183 goes north and south. I-70 runs east and west. Rent a U-haul and go get you a life in a liberal state that caters to this style of life if that is what you want.

      Kansas is a great place to live in the big scope of things. Rulings as such will keep it so.

      • YahooSerious

        It’s not a “style” of life. Ask any gay person they’ll tell you they always new they were gay. How is that a “style”? That’s nature not nurture Mr. Smarty pants(do u know the difference between nature/nurture?)There have always been gay people, so tell me exactly how that is changing the “status quou”? Let’s change the status quou I agree… From ignorant fools like yourself to more educated and sympathetic people like myself.

        • No Telling

          Style, way of, whatever. Poor choice of words for your liking, still does not prove your point. Noone says they cannot live here and marry. The bill simply says that people with certain religious beliefs and morals do not have to recognize the marriage of the GL crowd.

          You want this but the state isn’t recognizing your wants. You still live here apparently from your continual disapproval. Your quick to throw around slander instead of debate in a civilized manner.

          I think you have demonstrated quite well who the ignorant one is. Maybe you need some help? I will gladly assist.

          http://www.statesthatallowgaymarriage.com/ Start packing, it’s supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend. Great weather to start moving to where you can be happy and gay.

          • Potato_Masher

            “Noone says they cannot live here and marry.”

            Um. I am not sure you know what you are talking about based on that post.

          • No Telling

            They can get married elsewhere of Kansas, return and live in their eyes and of the GL community as a “married” couple. Does that help clarify? I didn’t realize the scrutiny these posts were under but I will try harder in the future to give better detailed explanations.

          • Chief59

            So, you think that their marriage being recognized by the “gay community”, but not the state is fair? Under this law, hospitals could refuse to let a married homosexual see their dying loved one. Do you think it is fair that if a husband/wife gets into an accident, that their significant other is barred from seeing them? The Supreme Court ruled a long time ago that “separate, but equal” is not really equal, and it unConstitutional.

            I don’t even know why they keep trying to pass laws like this. Eventually the Supreme Court will strike it down. Waste of tax dollars.

          • Chief59

            Calling someone gay and telling them they should move to a state that embraces their “lifestyle” shows that you are clearly part of the problem. If a person supports equal rights for gays, that makes them gay? Does that mean if you support equal treatment for women, you’re a woman? Fighting discrimination against minorities makes you a person of color? Funny, last time I looked in the mirror I was a white, straight guy.

            This “love it or leave it” attitude is bs, and goes against everything this country was founded on. The world is changing. It always has. Some people choose to evolve and adapt with the times, while dinosaurs like yourself go extinct. Fifty years from now, people like you will be looked at with the same disdain as we currently look at those who embraced Jim Crow laws.

          • No Telling

            “This “love it or leave it” attitude is bs, and goes against everything this country was founded on.”-Chief59

            I’m glad Yankee Doodle and George Washington had sense enough to not believe that sort of mindset back in their day considering the events that lead to the birth of the USA.

          • Chief59

            Way to construe what I said. One of the primary principles this country was founded on is that all men are created equally, and that they are all entitled to, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happyness”. Apparently you think differently.

            It’s funny how out of everything I said, you pick out that part of my statement to argue on. How do you know a right-winger doesn’t have an argument and can’t debate facts? They call you un-American.

          • No Telling

            How do I think differently from what I wrote? Where did I say anything different from “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”?

            Your all whining and crying that the legislation being adopted isn’t what you want. Your not happy. A state that does support and recognize gay marriage would make you happy. I offered a suggestion with a map showing where you can go that would make you happy.

            If anything, I have given you options to aid in your support of pursuit of happiness.

            But it’s just more fun and gives you more happiness to be unhappy and sit online and gripe an complain and bitch about it, right?

          • Chief59

            My rights aren’t being violated, as I am a straight, married man. This state is limiting the rights of homosexuals. They ARE limiting the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happyness”. That is why I’m upset. This greatest country in the world still tries to make unequals of us.

          • YahooSerious

            Okay well how little u know. #1. I’m not gay. #2 I
            Love women of all types; except the exyremely large type. I know gay people. I went to high school with some, college with even more. Shoot there were gay people in the military I serves with. Before don’t ask don’t tell. I just realize they are not a treat to out society or way of life. And I do believe the state constitution says they can’t marry so yeah. Might do your basic research first.

      • Chief59

        “Kansas is a great place to live in the big scope of things. Rulings as such will keep it so.”

        Sure, if you’re a white, Christian, straight male that wants to carry a gun at all times and has enough money to cover more than your basic needs, then Kansas truly is a great place to live. Otherwise, it is kind of a crappy place. Women, homosexuals, non-Christians, and the poor are treated as poorly in Kansas than in almost any other state in the country.

        That doesn’t sound so great, but to each their own I guess.

        • No Telling

          Are you a queer non christian woman giving a personal account? I’ve seen some silly reply’s on these pages before but this one is absolutely a top 5.

          • Chief59

            In Kansas, homosexuals are not allowed to marry, their marriages are not recognized, and now this legislation allows them to be openly discriminated against with no repercussions. If you are a woman, our legislature has taken every step imaginable to take away a woman’s right to choose and has tried to deny birth control provided by employers. Kansas also tries everything they can to keep the poor as poor as possible. Denying Medicaid expansion and threatening to fight for exemption of the ACA hurt the poor more than anyone.

            However, the rights of Christians are head and shoulders above the rights of all of these others when it comes to Kansas. You may find my previous post silly, but Kansas is not that great to live, unless you fit certain demographics. To deny that only shows that your head is buried in the sand.

          • Under Their Thumb

            I don’t intend to get involved in this discussion, but I’m going to have to call you on this statement: “and has tried to deny birth control provided by employers.” I think I know what you referring to, but that statement has so much spin on it I couldn’t let it stand without comment.

          • chiefbaker159

            If I am a baker, I don’t want to be sued for refusing to make a white wedding cake for a gay wedding. I would consider a fudge cake.

      • guest

        Your a very sick ignorant individual..

  • passin_threw

    Wonder what Art Brown thinks…

  • Chief59


    These types of laws are being struck down all of the time now. Hopefully it won’t be long before the KAnsas gay marriage ban and this new ridiculous law are gone.