The Riverside Cafe sees all kinds, and manager Asher Ricketts says he can't imagine turning people away because they're gay.
"Who are we to judge? We're here to provide a service--food," Ricketts says. "Everybody is welcome here."
But a majority in the Kansas House wants to give Ricketts and his employees the right to refuse service to gay couples--if it's based on religious beliefs. House Bill 2453 is a pre-emptive strike by conservatives in the event a federal court overturns the Kansas ban on same-sex marriage.
Republican Jim Howell of Derby says it's not about prejudice--it's about freedom of religion. He says someone whose faith opposes it shouldn't be forced to offer services to gay couples. Howell says the culture seems to be changing, but he believes most Kansans agree with him.
Meanwhile, Pastor Kent Little of College Hill United Methodist Church says if the religion is Christianity, he doesn't find any right to discriminate in the Bible. But whatever one's religious beliefs, Little doesn't believe the government should sanction discrimination.
The bill passed 72-42 in a preliminary vote in the House on Tuesday. If it passes again on the final vote, it'll go to the Senate for consideration.