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Kansans split on same-sex marriage, favor job protections

Kansans are nearly evenly split on same-sex marriage, according to a new poll conducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University and paid for by the Reformation Project, a Christian advocacy group for gay and transgender issues that was founded by Wichitan Matthew Vines. Of 877 residents surveyed who voted in the last general election, 49 percent expressed support for same-sex marriage while 47 percent were opposed, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. However, 60 percent of those surveyed said they could support same-sex marriage if churches weren’t required to perform the weddings (that’s already the law). Also, 70 percent of those surveyed would support passage of a state law establishing workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and the same percentage said they likely wouldn’t vote to re-elect a state legislator who supported a bill that would allow faith-based LGBT discrimination. – Phillip Brownlee