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Kansas has passed the Kansas Adoption Protection Act, HB-2481. The bill passed the House by a vote of 63-58 Thursday night. The Senate approved it 24-15 just before 2 a.m. Friday. The bill permits adoption agencies doing the work of the state with taxpayer funds to refuse to place children with gay couples if they have a religious objection to doing so. Republican Governor Jeff Colyer has said that he will sign the measure into law. Of course he did.

The pretext for approving this bill was “religious freedom.” Religious freedom is supposed to pertain to belief — not to conduct. People are free to believe in the sanctity of bowling balls if that is their choice. The Kansas law will enable religious organizations — organizations that are tax-exempt — to impose their religious beliefs on public policy using public funds.

Trump has already packed the federal courts with anti-LGBT Christian zealots who serve life terms. Republicans were also able to steal a Supreme Court seat.

So go ahead. Stay home in November or whine that your “perfect” candidate did not prevail in the primaries. Make sure that you make a visible protest by writing his name on the ballot. Yeah, that will send a message. The only message that you will be sending is abject self-defeating stupidity and you forfeit your right to complain.

If that sounds like a tirade that is because it is a tirade. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We have possibly foreclosed legal options in Kansas.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.