Testimony today in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee highlighted the need for protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The hearing involved Senate Bill 163, which would ban such discrimination.
The Lawrence Journal-World reported one person's story.
Jeff Potter of Horton said Tuesday that everything was going good at his job where he was working as a machinist in a tool and die shop.
He was being groomed to buy the business when the owner asked if he was homosexual, Potter told the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Potter said he answered that he was.
He was then fired.
That left Potter without a job and health insurance.
Because state law doesn’t ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, he said he was also left without any legal recourse.
“Never before have I felt so alone, abandoned and vulnerable,” he said.
The committee did not take action on the bill, and the measure's future is uncertain. However, even a hearing is an important first step.