WICHITA, Kan. -

Some say it offers religious freedom, while opponents say it legalizes discrimination.

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle--a Wichita Republican--issued a statement Thursday evening.  It was one day after the Kansas House passed Bill 2453.  Wagle says  she's grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill, and if they can't find ample ground to ease legitimate concerns she believes a majority of her caucus will not support the the bill.

Meanwhile, the legislation has generated a lot of national attention.

"Truly, nothing this radical has been proposed in any state," Slate.com legal writer Mark Joseph Stern says.  He calls is "an abomination."

"I think the image of Kansas is one of really unbridled homophobia," Stern adds.  "The message a bill like this sends to gay people--especially gay people in Kansas--is leave.  You are not welcomed in our state."

Meanwhile, longtime Kansas residents Ken Smith and Steve Einsel recently got married in Iowa.  They wonder if it's now time for them to move.

"Why should we live here when we're not welcome?  Look at Westboro Baptist Church.  That made us a laughing stock, and now we're carrying it even further by actually legislating it now," Smith says.

But lawmakers who voted for the bill told us they're doing what Kansans want.

"Our culture appears to be changing," Rep. Jim Howell of Derby says.  "But as a Republican, one of the my pillars is family values, and I have tremendous support."

But, even though the bill may not pass the Kansas Senate, Stern says it has already damaged the Kansas brand.

"I would not blame the entire state's citizens," Stern says.  "But the legislature itself is coming off as one of the most outrageously bigoted that we've seen in modern history."