A panel of Kansas lawmakers took up a bill that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, adding it to a list of protected attributes like race, religion, color, disability, gender and age.
The bill, SB 163, would make it illegal to fire someone or deny them a job, housing or a hotel room based on their sexual orientation.
A similar bill went nowhere two years ago, the same year the state passed a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage.
The Senate Federal & State Affairs Committee looked at the bill Tuesday, and heard from gay Kansans who said they had been fired from jobs after their boss found out about their sexuality.
One lawmaker testified against the bill. Rep. Janice Pauls, a Hutchinson Democrat, argued the bill would lead to a rush of lawsuits from disgruntled former employees. She also said giving gay Kansans legal protection from discrimination would "fly in the face of a lot of beliefs people have" about the morality of homosexuality.
No committee vote has been set.
Posted by David Klepper