Freedom of Religion? or Freedom to Discriminate?

Dear Representatives in Kansas, and other religious fanatics

Some of you are beginning to look like the same dictators we once opposed in other countries. These laws of religion do not benefit all the people, and in fact rewind the clock to a time of segregation. Instead of segregating people by color, you seem to want segregation by class.

Homosexuals have been a part of society since the dawn of time, and were accepted in civilized cultures. HB2543 gives power to religion greater than that of justice, and marginalizes members of our society. It essentially legalizes discrimination, and its language is general enough that one could discriminate against a person for any reason.

“Section 1.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no individual or religious entity shall be required by any governmental entity to do any of the following, if it would be contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender:

a. Provide any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges; provide counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services; or provide employment or employment benefits, related to, or related to the celebration of, any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement;

b. solemnize any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement; or

c. treat any marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement as valid.”

One could discriminate against my (heterosexual) marriage simply because I was not married in their Church. In fact, I wasn’t married in any Church; our wedding was witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, outdoors. Will my civil union of 12 years become invalid under this law? Catholics could easily discriminate against their own members who decided not to jump through the hoops of Annulment rules in order to take a second wife. A restaurant owned by a Russian Orthodox could refuse catering services to Lutherans. This bill is preposterous!

We the People are already provided Freedom of Religion in the U.S. Constitution. This bill is  redundant, and one more waste of time & money. In fact, the Fiscal Note of this bill states that there may be an increase in legal costs to defend it! How can the legislature justify more spending when our state coffers are already low? Other states have legally recognized same-sex marriages, and have seen a small bump in tax revenues, because more people are having Weddings. That’s more consumers spending throughout the community, on dresses and suits, flowers, food, and facilities. That revenue could also benefit Kansas.

I will leave you with these thoughts…

“The Bible speaks of a mysterious sin for which there is no forgiveness: this great unpardonable sin is the murder of the ‘love-life’ in a human being.” –Henrik Ibsen

“The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth; he has God in himself, for God is Love.” -Lamennais

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