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Kansas Legislature

Equality Rally’ planned at South Park Gazebo, regardless of how Supreme Court rules on gay marriage

June 25, 2013


Regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, advocates for gay and lesbian rights will hold an "Equality Rally."

The rally will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Park Gazebo.

“Kansans and Lawrencians are fair-minded people and realize the importance of equality. It is up to us right here at home to continue to work hard to bring positive change to our state,” said Scott Criqui, a board member of the Kansas Equality Coalition of Lawrence and Douglas County.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to issue rulings Wednesday on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bans legally married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and pension benefits; and Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state.


Armored_One 2 years, 5 months ago

Not in the least, since marriage is a state right, given that the feds don't reserve it for themselves...

jhawkinsf 2 years, 5 months ago

There was a time when inter-racial marriages were illegal in many states. While today's ruling reserves for the states their right to define marriage, it also invites challenges which will undoubtedly favor those demanding equal protection. States defending anti-same sex marriage will lose in court and they will spend a lot of money doing so. One can only hope that when a challenge is filed in Kansas, and it will happen, fools defending bigotry, like Brownback and Kobach, will be in our rear view mirror.

Bob Forer 2 years, 5 months ago

In fact it wasn't really that long ago, when you think about it. In Loving vs. Virginia the SCOTUS, in 1967, struck down a law prohibiting interracial marriages.

We've come a long way. Still have a ways to go, but we have come far. That's one of the things that make this country great.

IN a few decades from now, most people will laugh at the backward bigotry displayed by those folks today who oppose equal rights for gay people.

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