Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Kansas: Where the Lawrence candidates stand on the domestic partner registry

By Diane Silver

A thousand thanks to Mike for collecting quotes from Lawrence's City Commission candidates on their positions on domestic partner registries. Hop on over to Red Letter Day to read the candidate's quotes.

In a nutshell, though, the three progressive candidates -- incumbents Dennis 'Boog' Highberger and David Schauner and newcomer Carey Maynard-Moody -- all clearly state that they support the registry.

The two candidates favored by developers -- Mike Dever and Rob Chestnut -- and the Southern Baptist minister -- the Rev. James Bush -- hem and haw. They declare that while they're against discrimination, they need more information before they can take a position on a registry.

Given the amount of information that has flooded the media on the topic in the last two months, one does have to wonder how these fellows could possibly not know about registries. On the other hand, it is good news that Dever and Chestnut appear to be open to be educated about the topic.

Honestly, I can't say what it means that a Baptist minister doesn't know how he feels about a domestic partner registry. I'm going to take that as good news and hope that Bush is willing to learn more about fairness for all families in Lawrence.

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