(Originally posted by Equality Kansas to Equality Kansas News)
SB175, this session’s so-called “religious freedom” bill, will be debated by the Kansas House of Representatives in the last week of this month or the first week of May.
SB175, which passed the state Senate in March, was given a House committee hearing last week, just before the Kansas Legislature left for a three week “spring break.”
If enacted, SB175 will allow university student groups to ignore non-discrimination policies and refuse participation or membership based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, physical handicap or disability, and veteran status. Current Regents University policy is that all recognized student groups, in order to receive student fee and taxpayer funding, must allow “all comers.”
Many people have characterized these “religious freedom” bills as anti-LGBT. While we are certainly the intended target, the broad language will allow discrimination against all historically marginalized groups. This must end.
Here’s how you can help:
We are reaching out to progressive and fair-minded faith leaders across the state and asking them, and their congregations, to contact their state representatives to share their views about SB175 and discrimination based on “religious freedom.” We’ve been able to put together a fairly decent list, but we need to reach as many people as possible.
If you are a faith leader who will speak out against discrimination, please contact our office.
If you worship at a church, temple, synagogue, mosque, or fellowship where tolerance and diversity are celebrated, please contact our office.
If you know a faith leader we should be talking to, please contact our office.
You can email email@example.com, or call 316-683-1706.
Working together, we can defeat this latest attempt to treat thousands of Kansans as second class citizens.