Kansas passes bill protecting refusal of service to gays and lesbians

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TOPEKA, KS – So what happens when a baker in Colorado is forced to stop discriminating against gay couples who want to buy a wedding cake?  Well if you’re Kansas, you double down on a bill that opponents say will encourage discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The State House approved Bill 2453. It basically gives people in Kansas the right to refuse services and benefits to the LGBT community without fear of government retribution.

Supporters say it comes down to first amendment rights. But not everyone agrees.

How would Houstonians feel if a bill like this one was passed in Texas?

“It’d be horrible, it’s no different than segregation was just a few years ago and having that come back in a different form is just terrible to even think about,” says Houstonian Sunna Ali

Tamira Augustine likened it to Civil Rights as well, saying “There were those signs saying no colored people allowed.  Now you can just strike out the word colored and insert gay.”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to refuse service to people based on their race, color, or religion.  But in 2014, while no one can discriminate against a customer based on the customer’s religion, they’re still allowed to discriminate against a customer based on their own religious beliefs. Isn’t that just the icing on the cake.

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