Tonight the Topeka City Council will consider a proposal to expand the mandate of the Topeka Human Relations Commission. Under the proposed city ordinance, the Commission would be authorized to fight prejudice directed against people because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Supporters have made clear that this is only a first step, and that they intend to follow up with stronger legislation that has serious implications for religious freedom. Experience from across the country suggests that such laws are used by government bodies to punish Christians who oppose same-sex marriage.
Click here to see the letter from the Kansas Catholic Conference to the City Council explaining what is at stake.