by Kirsten Powers, USA Today
Photo by Charlie Riedel, AP
Kansas legislators tried to make discrimination easy.
What's the matter with Kansas? A bill protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals to refuse services to same-sex couples passed the state House of Representatives last week. It wasblessedly killed in the state Senate on Tuesday.
Similar bills have cropped up in a half-dozen statesin an effort to protect anti-gay religious believers against lawsuits. A florist in Washington state, a Colorado baker and a New Mexico photographerhave been sued for refusing to serve gay couples getting married. They say to do so would be to "celebrate" nuptials at odds with their Christian faith.
It's probably news to most married people that their florist and caterer were celebrating their wedding union. Most people think they just hired a vendor to provide a service. It's not clear why some Christian vendors are so confused about their role here.