Topeka A bill to repeal Lawrence's domestic partnership registry may be debated today in the Kansas House.
House Bill 2299 has been placed "above the line," which means it is set for possible consideration, although House leaders could skip over the bill or postpone discussion on it.
The House convenes at 11 a.m.
The measure by state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, was discussed this morning by the House Republican Party caucus during a review of bills.
The Lawrence City Commission established a domestic partnership registry last year at the request of gay and lesbian couples who said it could help them secure health insurance benefits for their partners.
The registry allows unmarried couples - both same-sex and heterosexual - to register their domestic partnerships at City Hall.
But Kinzer has said the registry violates a Kansas constitutional amendment that voters approved in 2005, recognizing marriage as only between one man and one woman.
He also says that rules affecting couples and families should be uniform throughout the state. A legal opinion by former Attorney General Paul Morrison said the registry doesn't violate the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
During the 2007 legislative session, a House committee approved Kinzer's bill, but it never received a vote before the full House.