House Bill 2453 http://kmuw.org en Committee Could Vote On Bill To Protect Those Who Don't Recognize Same-Sex Unions This Week http://kmuw.org/post/committee-could-vote-bill-protect-those-who-dont-recognize-same-sex-unions-week <p>A committee in the Kansas Legislature could vote this week on a bill aiming to protect religious freedom.</p><p>The bill says businesses, individuals and other groups with strong religious beliefs can't be forced to recognize same-sex marriage or provide employment or other services to same-sex couples.</p><p>Michael Schuttloffel is with the Kansas Catholic Conference. He used the example of a photographer asked to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:12:40 +0000 Associated Press 29729 at http://kmuw.org Some Say House Bill 2453 Protects Religious Freedom; Others Say It OK's LGBT Discrimination http://kmuw.org/post/some-say-house-bill-2453-protects-religious-freedom-others-say-it-oks-lgbt-discrimination <p>Kansas' Federal and State Affairs Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday that would protect individuals, groups, and businesses that refuse to recognize same-sex unions.</p><p>The measure--<a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/HB2453/">House Bill 2453</a>--would also protect those who refuse to provide benefits to gay couples for religious reasons.</p><p>Kansas added a ban against gay marriage to the state constitution in 2005. Voters approved the bill by a 70 percent margin.</p><p>But recently, federal judges struck down similar bans in Utah and Oklahoma.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:42:11 +0000 Associated Press 29456 at http://kmuw.org State Lawmakers Considering Proposal To Protect Those Who Don't Recognize Same-Sex Unions http://kmuw.org/post/state-lawmakers-considering-proposal-protect-those-who-dont-recognize-same-sex-unions <p>Despite several more states legalizing gay marriage recently, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would protect individuals, groups, and businesses that refuse to recognize same-sex unions or to provide benefits to gay couples, for religious reasons.</p><p>State Representative Charles Macheers says the bill will protect religious freedom.</p><p>Governor Brownback is receptive to the idea, but says he hasn't yet studied the proposal enough to offer a formal endorsement.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:31:32 +0000 Associated Press 29410 at http://kmuw.org