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Micah Kubic, Executive Director
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March 27, 2015

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March 27, 2015

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Micah Kubic Executive Director 816-994-3314 mkubic@aclukansas.org

Opponents of Bill Allowing Discrimination Prepare for Public Hearing

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - A controversial and unnecessary bill that would force public universities to support student organizations that discriminate will face a hearing on Monday, March 30, before the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.

The hearing on SB 175 is expected to draw wide-ranging opposition.  The bill would require public colleges to fund discrimination by student groups – against racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT students, or anyone else that a student group decides to exclude on the basis of religious belief.

“The issue at stake in SB 175 is not whether student organizations are free to believe and associate as they like – they are. Instead, the issue is whether student organizations have a right to be publicly funded to operate in a discriminatory manner. They should not,” said Micah W. Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Kansas.

WHO: ACLU of Kansas and other opponents of SB 175

WHAT: Public hearing for SB 175

WHEN: 9 a.m., Monday, March 30

WHERE: State Capitol Room 346-S

For more information about SB 175, contact Micah Kubic at: (913) 490-4101

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News Coverage

"Kansas House panel to hear ‘religious freedom’ bill for campus groups", Lawrence Journal-World, 03/29/2015

"ACLU criticizes Kansas bill on religious student groups", www.timesunion.com, 03/30/2015

"Kansas bill would require schools to fund, recognize religious student groups that may discriminate", KSHB 41 Kansas City, 03/30/2015

"Kansas House panel debates measure on campus religious protections", The Wichita Eagle, 3/31/2015

"ACLU opposing Kansas bill to protect campus religious groups", The Salina Post, 03/30/2015

"House takes up campus religious discrimination bill", Topeka Capital-Journal, 03/30/2015

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