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A.G. approves Lawrence domestic partnership registry

But non-Lawrencians wouldn’t have access

April 6, 2007


Lawrence should feel free to enact a proposed domestic partnership registry that would provide some legal recognition to gay couples, according to an attorney general's opinion released today.

Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said in the legal opinion that the proposed registry does not conflict with the Kansas Constitution, which bans same-sex marriage. The opinion, though, does say that the registry would need to be open only to Lawrence residents, or else the city could be found to be overstepping its constitutional authority.

The registry has been proposed by a group of Lawrence citizens, but city commissioners have not acted on their request. Instead, commissioners said they wanted to receive a legal opinion from the Attorney General's office before moving forward on the idea.

For more on the story, see 6News at 6 p.m. and tomorrow's Journal-World.


Unbelieveable 8 years, 8 months ago

I am shocked that educated, well meaning individuals would reduce this issue to sodomoy vs. no sodomy. Sex is a PRIVATE act and should not concern the outsider. If you're interested in what takes place in somebody else's bedroom, you're not concerned enough with your own life. This is not a sex issue. It is a LIFE issue. I know several HETERO couples who choose not to be married. (I really don't know if they have anal sex, nor do I care). Whether this country was founded on religion or not, doesn't mean it isn't subject to change. It WILL change. Maybe slowly, but surely. There are too many cultures and religions sharing one space for us to try to combine our politics and religion in one arena for all eternity. Why does anyone on this panel really care who is deisignated as another persons "partner" in all affairs be they legal or of the heart. Shouldn't we all get to decide who that person should be??

ToriFreak13 8 years, 7 months ago

Hey Unbelievable....its about sex....the parades....the flag.....the government funding they because of their sexual orientation...."gay" whatever that word means...because the groups are labeled gay & lesbian...aren't lesbians gay??? but "gay" marriage was not an issue when there was a TAX PENALTY for married many other countries or religions for that matter allow such a thing?......oh but this country is democratic....exactly...and the majority says love it or leave waiting for the hetero males that only have sex with fake blondes with fake breasts to start their own movement....they could offer them a tax break when their partner then has health issues due to those implants.

prioress 8 years, 8 months ago

Thank goodness; another nonissue put to rest!

dlkrm 8 years, 8 months ago

Has the attorney general approved the Star Wars Fan Registry?

Steve Jacob 8 years, 8 months ago

"Thank goodness; another nonissue put to rest!"

What? The fun has just started on this "nonissue"

davidnta 8 years, 8 months ago

What illegal substance are you smoking parkay? How is something that has existed before obviously you a treat to society?

I don't see Massachusetts or Canada going up in flames, nor do I see the Netherlands or Spain blowing up from God's wrath.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 8 months ago

It is wrong for government to endorse the practice of religiously based gender subjugation. Marriage is for churches. Quit Quit Quit wasting tax dollars on it. Government should only be in the business of recognizing the legal rights of any individuals entering into some sort of civil contract. If 2 hetero-declared-lifelong bachelors want to go in together to create a household with all that entails, they should be allowed to. And that isn't going to lead to people marrying 3 underaged goats or any fool notion like that.

parkay--even hetero-sodomy? I thought that was "all the rage" these days.

BrianR 8 years, 7 months ago

No issue is so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 8 months ago

Can anybody reasonably defend that anal sex is healthy for the human body?

Gay or straight, is engaging in that particular act part of a healthy lifestyle?

Even if you try to separate the moral depravity of homosexual intercourse from the act itself, I think we will find that this particular deed is not conducive to long-term good health.

lunacydetector 8 years, 8 months ago

you'd think it would hurt too. ouch!

ya think it was just a political payback the AG felt he owed his supporters in lawrence?

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 8 months ago

Anal sex isn't particularly unhealthful, either. No more so than other sex practices.

And neither all nor only homosexuals engage in anal sex.

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 8 months ago

I can't see how the city would be overstepping its constitutional authority if it allowed nonresidents to participate in the registry.

Does the county overstep its constitutional authority when it grants a marriage license to someone who isn't a resident of the county? If so, then it oversteps that authority quite regularly.

Tychoman 8 years, 8 months ago

Finally, some logic from the Kansas government.

Jamesaust 8 years, 8 months ago

No surprise - "home rule" in the Constitution really does mean home rule.

shockchalk 8 years, 8 months ago

You don't know much about history do you OZ??? The goevernment of the United States was in EVERY sense funded on Christian principles. It's a fact, unlike the ridiculous rhetoric you spew at every post. You are just too intolerant to accept the truth and too proud to admit you're wrong. Do everyone a favor and pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow..................TGIF!

kujayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

"It is wrong for government to endorse the practice of sodomy, a threat to the structure of our society."

Then we need to get rid of the sororities on campus (and some of the fraternities).

Ragingbear 8 years, 8 months ago

Those that think there is nothing good from anal sex should go get a prostate exam...

KS 8 years, 8 months ago

I didn't vote for this guy! What a spectacle Lawrence will be now. That doesn't imply that I voted for the other guy either.

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 8 months ago

If the founders had intended for this to be a christian nation, they wouldn't have bothered writing a constitution. They would have just pointed to the bible.

ToriFreak13 8 years, 8 months ago

a registry? lol why not put the names on a billboard...thats all you are getting out of this lol....if nothing else they now have a list of the first people to shoot when Martial Law is declared.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

Wal-Mart probably knows what it's people are doing no matter their position within the corporation according to a radio news story in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal.

Interesting New Stories on Wal-Mart:

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

Does Morrisson imply that any city can opt out of the state constitution as long as it does so only for its own citizens? Does this mean that Morrisson's interpretation of the constitution is that Kansas is made up of hundreds of city-states?

If a government entity is not allowed to demand an individual show ID to vote, to receive government services, or to attend public school, then how can a city be allowed to require proof that one resides in the city to put one's name on the domestic registry? And, what does being a resident mean? Does it mean registering to vote? Does it mean living in the city? Does it mean wandering through? Does it mean having a post office box address?

Morrisson did a superb job of clearing up that situation.

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

"Posted by Souki (anonymous) on April 6, 2007 at 5:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the founders had intended for this to be a christian nation, they wouldn't have bothered writing a constitution. They would have just pointed to the bible."

They pretty much did.

mom_of_three 8 years, 8 months ago

Yes, the government was founded with a religious background (came here for freedom of religion). But now you can't take the Constitution exactly as written. There are faults in it, such as allowing slavery, which were eventually corrected. Times have changed in 200 years. Even though this ordinance may not really help anyone, it at least shows the state that we believe everyone deserves equal rights.

jonas 8 years, 8 months ago

"Posted by Godot (anonymous) on April 6, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Posted by Souki (anonymous) on April 6, 2007 at 5:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If the founders had intended for this to be a christian nation, they wouldn't have bothered writing a constitution. They would have just pointed to the bible."

They pretty much did."

Or, alternatively, they pretty much didn't.

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

Morrisson has opened up a messy little pot of questions, hasn' t he?

That is what you get when a politician hitches his wagon to a star simply for the purpose of attainting power, absent any other goal in life.

Where do you stand, Morrisson?



You do not really know, without consulting the polls, do you?

Bradley Kemp 8 years, 8 months ago


Apparently, you're unfamiliar either with the bible or with the constitution. Or possibly both.

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

Souki, I will guarandamtee you I know more about both that you do.


bytheway 8 years, 8 months ago

Yeah!! It is about time one city in this state doesn't believe in segregation. There is hope for equal rights there. Too bad people are too damned worried about what other people are doing in their bedrooms. I don't think it is any business but our own who we marry or have sex with. I guess if society wants to continue segregation it is their right. I didn't know we are were mini Gods who could decide that what people do in their bedrooms while others are sleeping in their own makes a "moral society," then everything is peachy! If people are offended by homosexuals, then they better look at their own sex life. My guess it is pretty lackluster and dull. Maybe they better go visit the nearest porn store by some school. I'd hate to see them get off on sex. They might be offended!!! Gotta love the stupid, ignorant, close minded minions of the Bush era. We have regressed. Rock on regression.

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

bytheway, the registry has nothing to do with what people do in their bedrooms. It has to do with money. Taxes. Benefits. MONEY!!!

There is nothing about the registry that will give you any more permission to screw anyone, at any time, in any way, than you would have without the registry.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 8 months ago

What a scoundrel. Before his term of office is over one gets the feeling that Morrison will go down in history as the most corrupt AG in Kansas history.

In this case, the decision is silly. You can be registered to do something as long as you don't go outside the city limits of Lawrence? What a joke. That's not even good symbolism. Talk about a pyrrhic "victory".

With all due respect, I think Morrison has committed a deviant sex act on anyone who thinks he's done them a favor with this BS decision.

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