Kansas and Missouri legislators face debates next year over religious objections proposals and expanding their state’s anti-discrimination laws to protect gays and lesbians.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation raised both issues in both states.
The high court ruling immediately led social conservatives to warn that the religious liberties of gay marriage opponents at risk. Among those expressing concern was Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas.
Supporters of the ruling suggested just as quickly while gays and lesbians can marry, they aren’t protected by law from losing their jobs or housing over their sexual orientation. They included Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri.
Both states had banned gay marriage. Neither anti-discrimination laws cover bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity.