Analysis: Marriage shift has Kan. right scrambling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Religious conservatives in Kansas fear that the legal wall they built against gay marriage will soon tumble.

Now, they’re looking for legislators to help them dig a new line of defense.

A cultural shift already was underway in 2005, when 70 percent of voters in a special election approved an amendment to the state constitution to ban gay marriage. Conservative religious leaders believed the amendment would settle the issue for decades.

But the Kansas bulwark might not hold for long. Federal judges recently struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

A Kansas House committee plans to debate a bill Tuesday to block lawsuits or government sanctions against individuals, groups and businesses refusing on religious grounds to recognize same-sex marriages or provide goods and services to gay couples.

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