'Religious freedom' bill stalling in Kansas Senate - KCTV5

'Religious freedom' bill stalling in Kansas Senate

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The Kansas Senate president says a bill that would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses, for religious reasons, to provide services to gay and lesbians will not pass in her chamber as it is currently written.

Senate President Susan Wagle said Friday that the bill goes beyond protecting religious freedom. She raised concerns about discrimination and how it could impact businesses that would refuse services to gay couples.

Wagle said she, Gov. Sam Brownback and the House speaker were all for the bill until the ramifications became more clear.

"The bill seems to be written in a very broad manner and appeared to me to be detrimental to the business environment here in Kansas," Wagle said.

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.

If the Kansas Legislature adopts it, then lawsuits would certainly be filed.

Wagle says most Republican senators support traditional marriage and protecting religious freedom.

Most Senate Democrats oppose the bill.

Wagle's office received numerous emails from businesses across Kansas opposing the bill, including one from the Kansas Chamber.

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