The Olympics in Sochi are bringing attention to the antigay laws in Russia, but that isn’t the only place in the world where legal homophobia happens. In fact, some politicians in the state of Kansas are trying to pass what’s being called a gay segregation bill, and Olivia Wilde won’t have it.
Olivia passionately Tweeted:
Kansas, I love you and you're too good for this BS. Tell your reps you do not support bigotry. http://t.co/Xa6IBqBcQd— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) February 15, 2014
The article says, “The law empowers any individual or business to refuse to interact with, do business with, or in any way come into contact with anyone who may have some connection to a gay civil union, or civil marriage or … well any ‘similar arrangement’ (roommates?). It gives the full backing of the law to any restaurant or bar owner who puts up a sign that says ‘No Gays Served’. It empowers employees of the state government to refuse to interact with gay citizens as a group.”
The article continues, “Its scope is vast: it allows anyone to refuse to provide ‘services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges; counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services; or provide employment or employment benefits’ to anyone suspected of being complicit in celebrating or enabling the commitment of any kind of a gay couple.”
Will this bill actually become law? Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has come out against it, and whether it will pass through the senate has yet to be seen. If you live in Kansas (or even if you don’t), now is the time to contact Kansas politicians and let them know exactly what you think about this.
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Contact Kansas reps and let them know what you think about the gay segregation bill.
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