Government
10:15 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Susan Wagle: Majority Of Republican State Senators Don't Support 'Religious Freedom Bill'

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says her chamber is unlikely to pass a bill that would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses, for religious reasons, to provide services to gay and lesbian people.

Wagle issued a statement Thursday night saying a majority of Republicans in the chamber don't support the bill.

The bill passed the House on Wednesday, drawing strong reaction from across the country.

It would prohibit government sanctions or lawsuits over faith-based refusals to recognize same-sex unions or to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to couples.

Wagle says a majority of Republican senators support traditional marriage and protecting religious freedom, but they also don't condone discrimination.

Most Democrats in the Senate have already said they oppose the bill.