Governor signs religious freedom measure

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that supporters say will shield Kansas residents from government infringement on religious liberties.

The governor’s office confirms that the Kansas Religious Freedom Preservation Act was among a handful of bills Brownback signed Wednesday. Lawmakers approved the legislation this year after a similar measure stalled in 2012.

The Kansas Family Policy Council issued a statement praising the bill, which requires proof of a compelling government interest before any state or local law can compel residents to act in a manner that violates their religious beliefs.

Members of the Kansas Equality Coalition said the final version of the bill was modified from its original form to protect the rights the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered population. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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