The House approved the first federal ban on job discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals. (AP / CBS)
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius extended such protection for state employees in August 2007. The bill approved Thursday by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee would extend protection statewide to all public and private entities.
The bill protects Kansans from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, familial status, national origin or ancestry.
If passed, Kansas would join 26 states and the District of Columbia in extending such protections based on sexual orientation and 13 states and the District of Columbia to protect transgendered people.