New Yorkers, as you haul yourself out into yet another carve-open-a-Tauntaun level snow day, you might be able to use a quick hit of "Oh, yeah, that's why I live here!" So, relish this: You are not represented by Charles Macheers.
Macheers, a Republican rep in the Kansas statehouse, recently introduced a bill that would make it legal for citizens and businesses in the state to refuse to recognize marriages and civil unions as a matter of "sincerely held religious belief" -- and to legalize the denial of goods, services, and even employee benefits to couples.
As Macheers has it, the bill's impetus is that no God-fearing Kansas florist should be forced to whip up bouquets for a gay wedding. To prevent that, Macheers would make it legal for any Kansas business or government official to deny basic services to any couple whose relationship that business owner/official finds offensive. Don't like your employees' new husband? Claim Baby Jesus told you he shouldn't get health insurance!More »