- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A dozen Kansas religious leaders are calling on legislators to approve special legal protections for gay-marriage opponents before the federal courts invalidate the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The leaders issued a statement after a Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday on religious liberties issues. The committee heard conflicting testimony on whether Kansas has enough legal protections for people, groups and businesses refusing for religious reasons to provide goods or services for gay weddings or same-sex marriages.

Senate President Susan Wagle said afterward that lawmakers won’t consider the issue again this year.

The call for immediate action came from Catholic bishops, a Presbyterian pastor and regional Mormon, Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God and Church of God in Christ officials.

They also said they don’t condone unjust treatment of anybody.

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