Target: Governor Sam Brownback
Goal: Veto bill that denies same-sex couples service
A bill in Kansas that allows refusal of service to same-sex couples may soon become a law. This bill is meant to protect religious individuals, groups, and businesses that refuse service to same-sex couples because of their beliefs, even denying those who are looking to get married. It is obvious that this bill is extremely discriminatory and should be vetoed immediately by the governor of Kansas.
The bill passed the Republican dominated House recently with a vote of 72-49, and now has moved to the Senate for a vote. The state of Kansas already has a ban on same-sex marriage, but supporters of the bill say it’s meant to protect those who deny service to same-sex couples from getting sued. This protection also extends to refusing to recognize that the couple is married, even granting employees of the state protection.
The law claims to protect the rights of religious people, but it blatantly stomps on the rights of same sex couples. Unfortunately this law has a very real chance of passing, since Republicans dominate the state’s Senate, and the governor himself is a conservative Christian known for taking a public stance against same-sex marriage. In a recent interview, he told the Topeka Capital Journal, “Americans have constitutional rights, among them the right to exercise their religious beliefs and the right for every human life to be treated with respect and dignity.” Apparently this means having the right to deny a same sex couple service because of their sexual orientation.
With 16 other countries worldwide who have laws that allow same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships, the United States is behind on human rights. No one should ever be denied service because of their sexual orientation, as it is discriminatory and humiliating. America should be better than this and we can be. You can fight for equality by signing this petition and demand the governor of Kansas to veto the bill.
Dear Governor Sam Brownback,
It has come to my attention that a bill which allows refusal of services to same-sex couples may soon become law. I wish to inform you of the discriminatory nature of this bill, and I demand that it be vetoed. I realize that the chances of it becoming law are presently very high, and I urge you to do the right thing and ensure that equality is assured for all Americans in your state.
In an interview you stated that this bill allows Americans to exercise their religious belief and that every human has the right to respect and dignity. When one exercises their religious beliefs, it does not mean they can humiliate someone else because of their sexual orientation. When you say that every human has the right to respect and dignity, you are denying this right to gays and lesbians who will undoubtedly be discriminated against because of this bill. This bill does nothing but discriminate and protect those who do. Therefore, if you support equality I demand that you veto this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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