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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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GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

Saturday, February 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Republican lawmaker Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that proposes amending the Constitution so that only marriages between one man and one woman are legal. [...]

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Hundreds rally at Kansas Statehouse to protest end of LGBT protections

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Hundreds of people gather in front of the Kansas statehouse in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday Feb. 14, 2015, to rally against actions by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that took away protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Hundreds of people chanted and held signs Saturday at the Kansas Statehouse in a Valentine's Day protest against GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's decision to end legal protections against discrimination for LGBT workers in state government. [...]

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Sebelius blasts Brownback’s decision to rescind LGBT protections

Friday, February 13, 2015
Kathleen Sebelius
Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she was surprised and distressed by Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to rescind an executive order that offered protections for LGBT state employees. [...]

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Kansas governor rescinds order protecting LGBT state workers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Kansas will no longer specifically ban discrimination against LGBT individuals in hiring and employment in much of state government because of action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. [...]

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Federal judge moves to speed up ruling in Kansas same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has directed opposing attorneys to narrow factual disputes and to propose a schedule at the end of January for him to hear legal issues. [...]

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Kansas now issuing gender-neutral marriage forms

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Applicants now fill in information under the heading "Party A" or "Party B" and can select whether they want to be referred to as a bride, groom or spouse. [...]

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Kansas lawmakers hope to revive anti‑gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
A number of Kansas state lawmakers are hoping to revive a religious freedom bill to would allow public and private employees to refuse to serve same-sex couples. [...]

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ACLU asks judge to order Kansas officials to allow same-sex marriages

Monday, December 8, 2014
The ACLU wants a judge to stop officials in Kansas from prohibiting same-sex weddings and denying benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. [...]

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Kansas minister who officiated mass same-sex wedding getting death threats

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Rev. Jackie Carter
A Kansas pastor who performs same-sex weddings is growing increasingly frightened by death threats directed at her and members of her church. [...]

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