Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Domestic partnership laws in Kansas

Tomorrow the state House of Reps will have floor debate in the Kansas House on HB2299, Rep. Lance Kinzer's bill that would stop local units of government from establising domestic partnership laws. It would also invalidate the existing Lawrence ordinance. This is a bill that needs your support and your phone calls to your own rep.

Kinzer says "Domestic relations is an area of the law traditionally reserved to the State. State laws define marriage, and govern matters such as divorce and child custody. It has not traditionally been the practice in Kansas to allow local governments to develop their own ordinances and resolutions in these areas. Indeed, the entirety of Chapter 23 of the Kansas Statutes is dedicated to setting forth uniform laws for the governance of domestic relations in Kansas."

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