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Hutchinson, Kan. measure could set tone for the nation

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:35 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

A story currently playing out in Hutchinson, Kan. could soon hit the Vandalia area and church-goers may want to take notice.
Currently, the Hutchinson City Council is considering a measure to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s human relations code.
If a measure embracing the issue is passed when they vote in May, churches renting buildings to the public would not be allowed to discriminate against a gay couple who would want to rent the building for a party.
The protection is similar to that currently given to those facing racial discrimination.
This sets up a battle in the court system between churches who are fighting for their First Amendment rights and those who feel the LGBT community is being discriminated against.
If no exemption is given to churches on the matter, churches could be subject to fines, lawsuits, or other penalties for not complying.
So while the church stands on its own personal beliefs outlined in the Bible in verses like Romans 1:26-27, they would do so at a risk of financial consequences. Churches are not the only ones to be affected.
The measure would require restaurants and other businesses and landlords to provide special bathrooms for individuals who may have male body parts but identify themselves as a female. Employers would have to change their dress codes, etc.
While many Vandalia area readers might think this sort of decision would never happen in Audrain County, I personally am not so sure about it.
If something like this passes and then is upheld some day after the appeals court process, this could become the normal for most towns and counties across America.
It will be interesting to see how this story plays out next month.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.