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

Friday, January 31, 2014

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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16 more reader comments:

  1. get you shit together Kansas!!!! i wanna come home

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:57pm
  2. Go home and help the cause. Let your voice be heard.

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:41pm
  3. if i could afford the care in ks i would.

    Replied on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:44pm
  4. YES. YES. YES. i’ll do all i can to get involved.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:53pm
  5. Good luck. Kansas is as homophobic as it gets. They always have anti gay protests going on out by Gage Park in Topeka.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:06pm
  6. Dame sex marriage alright

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:16pm
  7. Good, the more states this happens in the more chances of it finally will happen all over the country.

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:53pm
  8. Kansas is as homophobic as it comes next to Texas, but anythings possible

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:54pm
  9. Why do you think Dorothy left? Why do you think tornadoes occur more in this region of the country! LOL!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:30pm
  10. This is my home state, come on everyone deserves love!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:44pm
  11. If not we will sue and WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:50pm
  12. At least something is going on here. Tired of living in a homophobic state!

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:59pm
  13. I’m in ks come on ks please

    Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:16pm
  14. Come to the rainbow side, we have Ellen DeGeneres!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:13am
  15. same sexc mrriage ban doesnt muster

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:18am
  16. I LOVE it when RED states GO GAY!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:02pm