Business owners react to 'Religious Freedom Bill'

The Kansas House has approved a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service people based on their sexuality.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Kansas House has approved a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service people based on their sexuality.

13 business owners and employees in the Delano shopping district all voiced concerns against the bill. Many citing the bill would be bad for two reasons, one being many see it as discriminatory and the other being it would be bad for business.

Ashley Herring, a personal trainer at Raise The Bar fitness says she is surprised that someone would turn away business based on sexual orientation. "I guess some peoples beliefs are so extreme that they are willing to loose a lot of money just to judge somebody who it's not their right to judge."

What the bill does is protect the business from being sued in a discrimination lawsuit where the business owner or employee turns away someone who is homosexual, based on religious reasons.

KAKE News has been following the progress of this bill, as well have many other national media outlets. The bill was passed Wednesday in a 72-to-49 vote.

Senate Republican Susan Wagle released a statement on Thursday; "After an initial review, I've grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill. A strong majority of my members support laws that define traditional marriage, protect religious institutions and protect individuals from being forced to violate their personal moral values. However, my members also don't condone discrimination. If we cannot find ample common ground to erase legitimate concerns, I believe a majority of my caucus will not support the bill."

The bill was sent to senate, where it was quickly placed in committee for review.

Many of the businesses in Delano do not have many concerns for their own business; the ones who spoke today will continue to serve all people.


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