While so many in the West condemn and boycott Russia and Nigeria and Uganda and other countries for their anti-gay policies, we sometimes overlook the discriminatory policies of some American states, like Kansas where same-sex marriage is banned.

Sigh . . . The state took a step back in time this week, to the Stone Age, when the Republican-dominated House passed a bill allowing discrimination against gay people. Reports CNN: “House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot.”

The bill has gone to the Senate for a vote.

So, where does this end? Can LGBT people refuse services to religious folks? Actually, LGBT people are generally not that small-minded and ignorant. They do believe in “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you,” unlike some so-called Christians.

But this serves to remind us that there are pockets of bigotry throughout the United States, where people think they have the right to dictate the parameters of love between adults.

They need to be reminded that not everybody shares their superstitious, fanatical belief systems.

Strike Kansas from my vacation list — and I won’t be buying any products from that state.

I would be so ashamed to live there.

God, I love my province and my country more and more when I read about pathetic places like Kansas.

– Jillian

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