A proposed domestic partnership registry is scheduled to be debated at the May 22 City Commission meeting, Mayor Sue Hack said Tuesday night.
The registry - which would be the first in the state - would allow same-sex partners, who are prohibited by state law from marrying, to register their partnership with the city. The registry could be used as a form of legal recognition when domestic partners are applying for health benefits or other legal matters. The registry also would be open to heterosexual couples who choose not to marry.
Attorney General Paul Morrison has issued a legal opinion stating the registry likely would not be in violation of the Kansas Constitution, which outlaws gay marriage. City commissioners, though, have not yet taken an official stance on the registry, which has been pushed for by a citizens group.