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Gay rights group seeks repeal of Kan. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 31, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — The leading gay rights advocacy group in Kansas is asking legislators to repeal a state law and a provision in the state constitution that both ban same-sex marriage.

The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee agreed to sponsor both measures at the request of Equality Kansas executive director Tom Witt, reports The Lawrence Journal-World.

But committee Chairman Steve Brunk hasn’t decided whether to hold hearings on either measure.

One proposal would repeal a 1996 law barring Kansas from recognizing gay marriages. The other would repeal a provision of the Constitution voters added in 2005 to ban gay marriage.

Witt said he wants a debate about marriage because the committee is considering a bill providing new legal protections to groups, businesses and individuals that oppose gay marriage for religious reasons.

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