The Kansas Legislature reconvenes Thursday, April 26, 2018, and may pass House Bill 2481 (HB2481).
The bill was originally passed by the Kansas House of Representatives to update Kansas adoption law, but was later modified by the Senate to include language allowing child placement agencies receiving state funding to discriminate based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Such language allows for discrimination against the LGBT community and others who fall outside an agency’s stated religious beliefs.
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education.
HB2481 is in direct opposition to the Mid-America GLCC’s 2018 Public Policy Platform which supports non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals and promotes equal access to government funded programs.
Laws allowing for discrimination against the LGBT community diminish the state of Kansas' reputation and are bad for business. Kansas based businesses will have more difficulty attracting top talent and gaining new business if the state does not protect the rights of all.
We encourage our Kansas members to find your Kansas State Representatives at www.openstates.org or www.kansas.gov and ask them to vote no against discrimination.