STATUS: Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Kansas' families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits any form of family status for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2005, anti-gay forces in Kansas pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Kansas Equality Coalition is a unified statewide group of fair-minded people who are determined to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 4,009 same-sex couples are living in Kansas, representing 3.6 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
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Resources Related to Kansas
Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth
A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Kansas.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".