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Kansas currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and the state has both a legal and constitutional ban on gay marriage, but the state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Kansas is facing a lawsuit to bring marriage equality to the state.
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It's Baaaack... the Kansas Right to Discriminate Bill Returns
Jul 7th, 2014
The Zombie armies of the religious right are mounting another attack, planning to revive the failed Right to Discriminate bill in the state in January.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Same-sex marriage opponents argue that Kansas should shield their religious liberties before the state's ban falls. The prospect is possible after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which also has jurisdiction... read_more
US Cities and LGBT Rights Ordinances
May 22nd, 2014
We have a few updates about cities across the US and LGBT rights ordinances.
We'll start in Topeka, Kansas, which just passed a partnership registry for same sex couples AND an LGBT rights ordinance.
Edge Boston reports:
The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances aimed at reducing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, after hearing emotional testimony from both... read_more
USA, Kansas: Gay Rights Activists Press Ahead After Victory
Mar 3rd, 2014
After having won a battle preventing an anti gay Right to Discriminate law from passing, LGBT activists are now pressing for legal protections in the state.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Having won a key legislative fight with social conservatives in Kansas, gay rights advocates aren't content with simply blocking a measure they said would have encouraged businesses and government workers to... read_more
USA, Kansas: Senate Republicans Block "Right to Discriminate" Bill
Feb 17th, 2014
The anti-gay marriage bill passed by the House that would have allowed anyone to discriminate against same sex couples has been stopped, for now.
Gay Star News reports:
The bill was passed by the state House of Representatives but has now been blocked in the senate where Republicans hold a 32 to 8 majority. Senate Republicans said that allowing government... read_more
USA, Kansas: Senate Leader Says "Right to Discriminate" Bill Likely Won't Pass Senate
Feb 13th, 2014
The bill that passed the House to great fanfare, which would allow wedding vendors to discriminate against same sex couples without reprisal, may be DOA in the state Senate.
The Wichita Eagle reports on [President Susan] Wagle's email: "After an initial review, I've grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill," Wagle said in an e-mailed statement.... read_more
USA, Kansas: House Passes Bill to Allow Discrimination Against Gays
Feb 13th, 2014
The House in Kansas passed the "Right to Discriminate" bill yesterday that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against same sex couples.
On Top Magazine reports:
Kansas State Rep. Charles Macheers' bill (HB 2453) cleared the House with a 72-49 vote. The measure would allow individuals, businesses and religious groups with "sincerely held religious beliefs" to refuse to provide services,... read_more
USA, Kansas: Right to Discriminate Bill Advances, Full House Vote Today
Feb 12th, 2014
A bill that would enshrine in state law the right to discriminate against same sex couples advanced yesterday in the House.
CJ Online reports:
The legislation that was debated for about two hours in the GOP-led House was characterized by advocates as an essential shield from government sanctions for anyone refusing to violate sincerely held religious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.... read_more
USA: More States Considering Allowing Christian Business Owners to Discriminate
Jan 27th, 2014
Following in the footsteps of a proposed law in Arizona, at least two more states are considering laws that would let business owners discriminate based on sexual orientation.
LGBTQ Nation reports on Kansas:
With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to allow individuals, groups and businesses to refuse to recognize... read_more