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Must a bakery sell a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony? Must a rental-car company lend the couple a car for their honeymoon? Should a clerk have to sign a marriage license she morally opposes? On Feb. 12, the Kansas house voted 72-49 to pass a bill protecting private-sector and government employees from lawsuits if they refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. The measure now goes to the state’s GOP-controlled senate.
At least seven similar proposals are being considered in six other states. They follow the high-profile case of Jack Phillips, a Colorado bakery owner who is appealing a discrimination ruling by an administrative law judge after refusing to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.