A controversial bill that supporters say would protect religious freedom and critics say would sanction discrimination against same-sex couples is unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form, Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday.
House Bill 2453 passed the House 72-49 on Wednesday.
Since then, phones at the Capitol have been ringing from callers urging senators to stop the bill and lambasting representatives for passing it.
"After an initial review, I've grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill," Wagle, R-Wichita, said in an e-mailed statement.
The bill was taken up in response to federal court rulings that overturned same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, would allow public and private employees to refuse service based on religious views of marriage.
"A strong majority of my members support laws that define traditional marriage, protect religious institutions, and protect individuals from being forced to violate their personal moral values," Wagle said.
"However, my members also don't condone discrimination. If we cannot find ample common ground to ease legitimate concerns, I believe a majority of my caucus will not support the bill."
Senate Vice President Jeff King, R-Independence, chairman of the committee, said that because of the committee's schedule, the bill would not be scheduled for a hearing in the immediate future.