Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ban on domestic registry put on hold

March 28, 2007


— House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said Tuesday that a proposed ban on domestic partnership registries, like the one Lawrence is considering, is probably dead for the 2007 legislative session.

"It's a little late," Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said. "Those issues need to be worked pretty thoroughly, so that's probably a next-year issue."

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said he was disappointed, but added, "I can guarantee you we will be back."

Neufeld made his remarks after the House had finished worked on numerous bills with one week left before the Legislature adjourns for two and a half weeks.

House Bill 2299 would have prevented any city or county from establishing a registry that "recognizes any domestic partnership not recognized under state law."

The city of Lawrence has been considering establishing a domestic partnership registry and has requested an attorney general's opinion on the legality of one. That opinion is due in April.

Supporters of the registry said it would help gay couples receive health insurance coverage from companies that extend benefits to their employees' partners. Under the registry, same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried couples could register as domestic partners.

Some companies require a registry as proof of a domestic partnership, supporters of the registry say.

But Kinzer said he sought to ban registries to prevent a "hodgepodge" of laws on domestic relationships. He also said the ban was needed to protect the state constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex marriage.


KS 11 years, 1 month ago

Mel, it sounded pretty simple to me.

prioress 11 years, 1 month ago

Another nonissue dead and gone.......RIP.

kuhusker 11 years, 1 month ago

The voters of Lawrence voted pretty overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage two years ago (the opposite of the rest of Kansas) so it is pretty foregone conclusions that this registry would have very solid majority support in Lawrence.

bytheway 11 years, 1 month ago

Why can't people let people decide whom they want to marry? Why is the anatomy of that person so important? I just don't get it. It isn't like people are wanting to marry their farm animals! So why can't people of homosexual status not get married? What is the big freaking deal?

gr 11 years, 1 month ago

"It isn't like people are wanting to marry their farm animals!"

Why would you object? Why is the species so important? Why can't you let them decide if they want to marry them?

don_burgess 11 years, 1 month ago

Are there actually gay people in Kansas? I thought is was illegal in the midwest to be "light in the loafers."

I'm pretty sure anal sex is illegal in this state. . . So that rules out all the gay people, right?

It's good thing the state legislature prevents any indecent types of behavior from running amuck. . .

EXks 11 years, 1 month ago

SEX and the Law, (from a Google search) this for all you anti-sodomy folks.....What you do behind closed doors could land you behind bars!!

Places where oral sex is illegal: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington D.C.

An erection that shows through a man's clothing is illegal in: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.

In Georgia those charged and convicted for either oral or anal sex can be sentenced to no less than one year and no more than 20 years imprisonment.

In Missouri sexually deviant behavior between people of the same sex is classified as a class A misdemeanor.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is against the law to have sex with a truck driver in a tollbooth. (There's every woman's fantasy gone down the drain).

In Nevada it is illegal to have sex without a condom.

In Willowdale, Oregon it is against the law for a husband to talk to dirty in his wife's ear during sex.

In Clinton, Oklahoma it is illegal to masturbate while watching two people have sex in a car.

In Washington State there is a law against having sex with a virgin under any circumstances (including the wedding night!).

In Newcastle, Wyoming it is illegal to have sex in a butcher shop's meat freezer.

In Washington D.C. there is a law against having sex in any position other than face to face.

Animals are not exempt from the law either and here are three of the most ridiculous:

In Kingsville, Texas there is a law against two pigs having sex on Kingsville airport property.

In Fairbanks, Alaska it is illegal for mooses to have sex on the city sidewalks.

In Ventura County, California cats and dogs may not have sex without a permit.

Emily Hadley 11 years, 1 month ago

How can domestic partnership have anything to do with marriage laws?

fletch 11 years, 1 month ago

Speaks to the intelligence of Kinzer when he believes a local statute will trump a state constitutional amendment in court.

purplesage 11 years, 1 month ago

Seems that it is a Constitutional issue with the overwhelming passage of the amendment defining marriage as heterosexual. This is just an attempt to chisel away the foundations of Western civilization.

prioress 11 years, 1 month ago

"This is just an attempt to chisel away the foundations of Western civilization."

Purple: Another big lie told by the RRR. Marriage is a social contract 'invented' in its present form by the church to settle property disputes as they cross generations and as a means to control women. As I said before, another nonissue dead and gone.

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