Archive for Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Effort targets new registry

Lawmaker hopes to outlaw Lawrence partnership rule

June 26, 2007


Domestic registry could be called by legislators

It's not even officially on the books yet and Lawrence's recently approved domestic partnership registry could face a challenge during next year's legislative session. Enlarge video

Rep. Lance Kinzer speaks

Journal-World reporter Scott Rothschild speaks with Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, talk about Kinzer's plans to seek repeal of Lawrence's domestic partnership registry.

— A lawmaker who tried unsuccessfully to stop Lawrence from approving a domestic partnership registry said Monday that he would ask the Legislature to repeal it.

"I'm not by any stretch of the imagination considering this a done deal," said state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe. "We still have the authority to pre-empt what the city of Lawrence or other cities might be thinking about doing."

Last month, the Lawrence City Commission agreed to establish a domestic partnership registry, at the request of gay and lesbian couples who said the document could help them secure health insurance benefits for their partners.

The registry would allow unmarried couples - both same-sex and heterosexual - to register their domestic partnerships at City Hall. The city expects to have the registry ready Aug. 1.

But Kinzer said he thinks the registry could run afoul of a Kansas constitutional amendment voters approved in 2005 that recognizes marriage as only between one man and one woman. Plus, he said, rules affecting couples and families should be uniform throughout the state.

During the legislative session that ended in May, Kinzer proposed a bill that would have prevented Lawrence from adopting the registry. Although a House committee approved the measure, it never received a vote before the full House.

In April, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said in a legal opinion that the registry would not violate the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Kinzer, however, promises he'll revive the measure early in the 2008 legislative session.

State Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said he wishes Kinzer would back off.

"This is an issue where you need to give local communities some flexibility," Davis said. "I don't understand why it is we want to interfere with a local community's ability to make that decision."


mom_of_three 10 years, 11 months ago

So because the domestic registry doesn't agree with the rest of the state makes the rest of the state right? I don't think so. Sounds like tyranny of the majority.

Kinzer, focus on something else......

Linda Endicott 10 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, like the job you were elected to do...

Boy, some people just don't want to give up their personal agenda, do they?

EXks 10 years, 11 months ago

Hey Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, you're such an EMBARASSMENT and AMATEUR!!!! What a waste.

Jamesaust 10 years, 11 months ago

I remind readers again - you do not have to live in Kinzer's district to contribute donations to his election opponent. As is said: Put your money where your mouth is.

With the absence of Kline from the statewide stage, Kinzer is easily the busiest busybody in Kansas. (Anybody remember the "pornographic literature in Kindergarten" embarrassment? Yep, Kinzer.)

Tychoman 10 years, 11 months ago

I don't remember the pornographic literature in kindergartens, Jamesaust, enlighten me?

The forum won't let me elaborate on the activities Kinzer can initiate upon his own person.

Emily Hadley 10 years, 11 months ago

What a homophobe. Aren't Republicans supposed to support smaller government, not putting people in court for trying to marry to someone whose body doesn't look right to them?

I grew up with country Republicans, who understood that if you didn't bother people, you were a good neighbor, and how you lived your life was your business.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 11 months ago

Way to go Lance Kinzer! Thank you!

As an apparent "homophobe" and bigot, I'm all the way behind you.

white_mountain 10 years, 11 months ago

The evangelicals are running the GOP, and have been since Reagan.

For them, "small government" is secondary to a faith-based government.

blackwalnut 10 years, 11 months ago

Why do so many of the nutjobs shilling for the radical right have to live in Kansas?

It's embarrassing to be from here.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 11 months ago

This Kinzer guy needs to get a life! Thank you, Lynn

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