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Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Kansas are not legally recognized as spouses even if they were married in a marriage equality state or country.
Here is a run-down on Kansas law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Kansas voters adopted a constitutional amendment in April 2005 that said “Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only” and banned granting the “rights or incidents” of marriage to other relationships. Similar restrictions appear in state statutes as well. Lawrence is the only jurisdiction in Kansas to offer domestic partnership benefits.
2 Adoption Law: In November 2012, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled that a single person who is not a biological parent of a child cannot petition to adopt that child without terminating the other parent’s parental rights. Since Kansas does not recognize same-sex marriages, this ruling effectively prevents same-sex couples from second-parent adoption in Kansas.However, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on February 22, 2013, in Frazier v. Goudschaal that a partner of a biological parent is entitled to parental rights.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Kansas law prohibits discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited in government employment. Lawrence is the only jurisdiction in Kansas to have sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited in government and private employment.
4 Sodomy Law: The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas rendered laws banning consensual sexual activity unenforceable, including that of Kansas.
5Public Opinion: A February 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 39% of Kansas voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 51% thought it should be illegal and 9% were not sure. A separate question on the same survey found that 63% of respondents supported legal recognition of same-sex couples, with 34% supporting same-sex marriage, 29% supporting civil unions, 34% opposing all legal recognition and 3% not sure.
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