It's about discriminationHow punitive and vindictive is that! Eighty-two out of ninety-two Republicans and nine out of thirty-three Democrats voted for the bill, it is nice to see that there are still some sane Republicans in Kansas.
The Hutchinson News
Johnny Dunlap II
Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 142 (SB142). This bill will promote discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Kansans. Currently, there are only a few places in Kansas where LGBT people are protected from being fired from their jobs and refused housing or employment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. SB142 states that any person who feels like his or her free exercise of religion is "likely" to be burdened can sue for an injunction, protective orders, damages, and court and attorney fees. It then specifies that local statutes that go beyond the list in the state nondiscrimination statute will not be protected from lawsuits. Therefore, any city, university or college with protections for LGBT people now faces possible litigation from Westboro Baptist Church or similar religious groups. This includes the city of Lawrence, all the Kansas Board of Regents universities, and most community colleges across Kansas because they have added sexual orientation and gender identity to their list of protected classes.
The Republicans mantra is to get government off our backs, to get government out of our daily lives, but at the same time they are passing laws like this which dictate what laws local governments and school can pass. They have also passed some of the most invasive laws ever, which require a woman to be rape by the government and to control what a doctor can say to a patient. They want to control the most intimate parts of our lives.