Press Room

March 27, 2004

Category: Civil Unions, Domestic Partners

Kansas Sends Dramatic Message Against Constitutional Discrimination

"The heartland's rejection of discrimination is a beacon to every corner of America," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Kansas State Senate yesterday rejected a discriminatory amendment to the state constitution that would have denied marriage to same-sex couples, even though a state law invalidating such marriages already exists. The law would have also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships. A similar amendment was also defeated earlier this week in Iowa.

"The heartland's rejection of discrimination is a beacon to every corner of America," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "The bipartisan Kansas vote shows fair-minded Americans are defeating efforts to enshrine discrimination into law."

Republican State Sen. David Adkins was among those leading efforts to reject the measure. The measure needed a two-thirds' majority to pass. It was defeated in a bipartisan 17-16 vote.

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