Associated Press
February 12, 2013

Gay rights activists say they are satisfied with a new version of the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act that has been introduced in the House this session. It's the second attempt at this bill, which was first introduced last year, but died in the Senate. Rep. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, tells the Lawrence Journal-World ( ) that the goal is to shield people who are concerned that government is infringing on religious liberties. "Free exercise of religion is at the core of who we are as a people," Kinzer had said. One example cited by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is a provision in the federal health care act that would require most employers to cover birth control, even if it goes against their long-held religious beliefs.