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Kansas flagA bill in Kansas that would require public colleges to provide public funding to student groups that practice discrimination under the guise of religious freedom has advanced to the House.

Senate Bill 175 prevents universities from refusing to recognize or denying campus resources to religious student organizations that restrict their membership on the basis of the organization’s “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

If passed by the legislature, this bill would jeopardize non-discrimination policies already in place on the state’s college and university campuses. 

Unfortunately, Kansas is not the only state seeking to allow student groups to discriminate on the basis of religious belief.  Last year, Tennessee and Oklahoma passed laws that allow student groups in higher education to discriminate.

The Kansas Senate approved SB 175 by a vote of 30-8. It now moves on to the House.

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