Tuesday, June 19, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: City passes 1st domestic partner registry in Kansas history

By Diane Silver

With no discussion and taking mere minutes to do it, The Lawrence City Commission passed the the domestic partner registry.

This third and final vote made the proposal official. Once again, the vote was 4-1 with the only no vote belonging to Commissioner Mike Amyx.

For the first time in Kansas history, same-sex couples have a means of getting public acknowledgment of their relationships.

The registry goes into effect Aug. 1. Details on the new registry can be found in the approved ordinance.

The vote was a tad anti-climactic. Last week the commission room was packed with opponents. Before it was packed with proponents, who spilled out into the City Hall lobby. This week opponents of the proposal were nowhere to be found.

For full details see Kansas Voice.

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