Kansas

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

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.

In 2013, private lawyers filed a lawsuit in Kansas seeking legal respect for a same-sex couple's out-of-state marriage. Read more about marriage litigation in Kansas.

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. 

POLLING DATA: 

Support for same-sex couples continues to grow in Kansas, with 66% of voters saying they support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. Just 32% of respondents said they were opposed to any legal family status for gay couples and even a majority of Republicans (53%) favor either marriage or civil unions. (Public Policy Polling, February 2014)

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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