2 States, 2 Executive Orders from Kansas & Missouri

The Governors of Kansas and Missouri each issued executive orders Tuesday dealing with same sex marriages.
The orders, however, go in different directions.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed an order that he says protects clergy and religious organizations from “government infringement”.
“Today’s Executive Order protects Kansas clergy and religious organizations from being forced to participate in activities that violate their sincerely and deeply held beliefs,” Brownback said in a statement release by his office.
Brownback disagrees with the historic same sex ruling from the US Supreme Court at the end of last month.
The head of the American Civil Liberties Union for Kansas, Micah Kubic criticized Brownback’s order.
“Religious institutions have never been required to marry anyone outside their faith traditions,” Kubic said.
“Allowing same-sex couples to marry—as the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled is the law of the land in all 50 states—does not change that in any way, and so today’s Executive Order is unnecessary,” he said.
In Missouri, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed an executive order directing all executive branches of Missouri government to comply with the Supreme Court opinion.
“Governor, I’m committed to protecting the rights of all Missourians, and that’s why this morning I am signing Executive Order 15-04 to ensure the Supreme Court’s ruling is implemented uniformly throughout state government,” Nixon said in a news release.

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