February 19, 2014 | by Staff reports
Controversial anti-gay Kansas bill dies
Jeff King, Republican Party, Kansas, Kansas State Senate, Independence, gay news, Washington Blade

Kansas Sen. Jeff King (R-Independence) said the chamber will not consider a bill that would have allowed businesses and government employees to legally discriminate against same-sex couples. (Photo courtesy Kansas Legislature)

TOPEKA, Kan.—The Kansas Senate will not consider a bill that would have allowed businesses and government employees to refuse services to same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs.

“We’re not working House Bill 2453,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King (R-Independence) as the Associated Press reported.

LGBT rights advocates last week blasted the Kansas House of Representatives after HB 2453 passed by a 72-49 vote margin.

King said his committee will still hold hearings on whether the state needs to consider additional measures designed to ensure religious freedoms if a federal judge rules against Kansas’ same-sex marriage ban.

State constitutional amendments that ban nuptials for gays and lesbians have recently been struck down in Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah. A federal judge last week ruled Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

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