Religion: a license to hate, and discriminate. Republicans in the Kansas House passed an anti-gay bill Tuesday that would allow individuals and groups, including government employees, to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples on the basis of their religious beliefs.
Time reports House Bill 2453 would allow hotels, restaurants, stores and other businesses in the state to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” The bill would also allow government clerks to refuse to sign same-sex marriage licenses without threat of a lawsuit.
The bill says governmental entities can’t require individuals, businesses or religious groups to provide services, facilities, goods or employment benefits related to any marriage or domestic partnership. It also prohibits anti-discrimination lawsuits on such grounds.
Republican supporters say the bill is designed to protect religious liberty. Yet the bill clearly promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians, and encourages government officials to ignore court rulings favoring gay marriage.
Republicans in Kansas are not trying to protect religious liberty, they are trying to punish gay and lesbian couples. In the end, the obnoxious bill represents nothing but the pathetic efforts of frightened and ugly conservative Christians desperately trying to preserve and justify their bigotry and hatred.