Target: Elaine Bowers, Kansas State Senator
Goal: Discourage legal discrimination of homosexual couples in Kansas
The Kansas State House has just passed a bill that will allow businesses, individuals and groups to refuse service to homosexual couples on the basis of religious freedom. The bill is now in the hands of the Kansas State Senate; whether or not this bill comes into law is up to the individuals that make up the Senate. It must be known that discrimination has no place in the future of our country, and states within the Bible belt are to be no exception.
The bill was introduced by Charles Machee, a Republican House member who insists that he is simply looking out for religious freedoms. It is no mystery, though, what it would mean for homosexual couples if this bill passes. Hate and discrimination will take the reins and homosexuals will be denied important, basic rights. Many services are on the chopping block, such as counseling, employee benefits and foster care. Whether or not a homosexual couple is allowed services may be based upon the religious beliefs of the individual offering the service.
The President of the Kansas State Senate, Susan Wagle, believes that many members of the Senate are not keen on the bill. Those that make up the Senate understand the hate this bill will impose, as well as the likely federal opposition it will face if passed. While this bill has received backlash from those in opposition, and some members of the Senate are against it, it must be known that people all around the country vehemently oppose it. Urge the Kansas State Senate to vote against hate and discrimination; this bill must not pass the Senate. We must work toward acceptance, not away from it.
Dear Senator Bowers,
A disgraceful bill has passed the Kansas House; it is up to the Senate to do the right thing and not support discrimination. Bill 2453, introduced by Representative Charles Macheers, if passed, will allow businesses and individuals to refuse services to homosexual couples based on personal religious beliefs. This will set human rights back and is not conducive to a positive future for the citizens of Kansas.
Representative Macheers insists that his proposed bill is intended to protect religious freedoms. While good was intended, nothing good will come from Bill 2453 if passed. It will allow harmful leniencies to those who discriminate against homosexuals; gay couples will be unfairly targeted and made to feel ostracized from their communities. Kansas is stronger when all of its citizens work together, even those who do not adhere to others religious beliefs.
Senator Bowers, please discourage your peers in the Senate from voting “Yes” on Bill 2453. Kansas must move forward, away from discrimination. Acceptance is the future of the Unites States and Kansas needs to be on board.
I urge you to vote “No” on Bill 2453.
[Your Name Here]
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