10 July 2015

Kansas Protects Itself From Rights Infringement

Governor Sam Brownback
Religious persecution has started in America, but several state leaders have started to implement protection measures to insulate their constituents from the demands of the few and eery groups of individuals.

One of the first states to protect its citizens is Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback told state government agencies last 7 July 2015 that they can't punish ministers or religious groups for opposing same-sex marriage. This is in reaction to the decision of the Supreme Court to compel, coerce and force the state to ignore its religious beliefs just to serve the sinful acts of gays and lesbians.

The Governor has also issued an executive order in response to last month's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Brownback's order said the "imposition" of gay marriage could lead to "potential infringements" of religious liberties.

The conservative Republican governor's action is designed to effectively shield churches, clergy, religious leaders and religious groups refusing to perform same-sex weddings or provide goods, services or accommodations for them. The order includes religious organizations providing social services for the state and prevents state agencies from altering contracts, changing a group's tax-exempt status or denying grants, loans, licenses or accreditation.

People in Kansas had supported strongly measures that banned same-sex marriage and everyone in the streets refused to recognize such unions from other states. Brownback has been a vocal supporter of those policies, which were bolstered by an amendment to the state constitution approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2005.

Brownback issued his order hours after his administration said it is allowing married gays and lesbians to change their names on their driver's licenses and permitting the health insurance plan for state workers to offer coverage to same-sex spouses.

"We have a duty to govern and to govern in accordance with the Constitution as it has been determined by the Supreme Court decision," Brownback said in a statement. "We also recognize that religious liberty is at the heart of who we are as Kansans and Americans, and should be protected."

In addition to religious liberty protections in the U.S. and state constitutions, a 2013 Kansas law says state or local agencies can't substantially limit someone's exercise of religion without a compelling reason. The statute allows lawsuits to challenge government actions.