Kansas is the 34th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861. Its capital city is Topeka, its largest city is Wichita, and largest metropolitan area is Kansas City.

LGBT Rights in Kansas: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions was approved by voters in April 2005. State law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in government employment. only. Kansas's hate crimes law covers hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not gender identity.

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Kansas town bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
ROELAND PARK, Kan. -- Roeland Park has become the second city in Kansas to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The city's mayor on Monday night broke the council's 4-4 tie. It was the second time the council had considered the anti-discrimination issue this summer.

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Kansas same-sex marriage opponents to revive religious freedom debate

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas legislators will face renewed pressure next year to provide additional legal protections to those who want to avoid accommodating same-sex couples for religious reasons in the wake of federal courts nationwide invalidating state gay marriage bans. A "religious freedom" measure failed in the Legislature earlier this year...

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Kan. county granting divorces to same-sex couples married in other states

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Douglas County Courthouse in Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Same-sex couples who marry in other states won't find many places in Kansas to divorce if the relationship fails. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Douglas County is currently the only county in Kansas that has issued divorces for same-sex couples.

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Kan. Democrat who opposes same-sex marriage leaving party for GOP

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
Jan Pauls
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Kansas House member announced Friday she was leaving the Democratic Party to seek re-election as a Republican, citing what she calls Democratic hostility to her opposition to abortion and gay rights.

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Topeka domestic partner registry offers little benefit for non-city workers

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
Topeka, Kan.
TOPEKA, Kan. — Topeka’s new domestic partner registry was viewed as a significant victory for the city’s LGBT community when it was approved by the city council last week, but most employers say there will be little to no effect on workplace benefits.

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Topeka, Kan., home of Westboro Baptist Church, approves LGBT ordinances

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Topeka, Kan.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances aimed at reducing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Westboro Baptist protesters chased out of Okla. town by unwelcoming residents

| Monday, April 7, 2014
MOORE, Okla. -- If members of the Topeka-Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church thought they'd find a friendly reception in nearby Oklahoma, they were mistaken. In fact, when church members brought their "God hates fags" and "God hates America" protest to Moore, Okla., on Sunday, they were met by an unwelcoming, angry crowd.

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Kan. gay rights group says tenure proposal could lead to discrimination

| Monday, April 7, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.

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Sperm donor wants court to block paternity test aimed at making him pay child support

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
William Marotta
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple has asked the Kansas Supreme Court to direct a district court judge to block the state's request that the man undergo paternity testing.

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Fred Phelps’ hate seen by some as helping to advance gay rights

| Friday, March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

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