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Kansas

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 now issuing gender-neutral marriage forms

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Kansas
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
Kansas
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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Tenth Circuit denies Kansas’ request for full court hearing on marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday denied a request by the state of Kansas for an en banc hearing on a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. An an en banc hearing is when a case is heard before all the judges [...]

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ACLU revises Kansas same-sex marriage lawsuit to raise new claims

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states. The group's amended complaint seeks to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages for spousal [...]

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ACLU to amend Kansas lawsuit to force state recognition of gay marriages

Friday, November 21, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- The attorney suing to overturn Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage plans to amend the lawsuit to try to win state benefits for gay couples already married. [...]

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Governor directs Kansas state agencies to not yet recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Same-sex couples in Kansas can get married, but the state isn't yet allowing them to change their last names on their driver's licenses. [...]

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Kansas AG wants clarity on same-sex marriage from U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R-Kansas)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that his vigorous defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban is designed to get a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. Without such a ruling, the legal uncertainty - which has some Kansas counties allowing gay couples to marry [...]

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