Freedom To Marry

The gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide

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Kansas

Kansas citizens fought against an anti-marriage state constitutional amendment on the 2005 ballot. Unluckily marriage discrimination was written into the state constitution, but as a result, people across the state came out and stood up for fairness and equality, and against people trying to justify discrimination in favor of religion. Kansans across the state continue to work towards overturning marriage discrimination and obtaining fairness for all families.


WHERE YOU CAN GO TO GET INVOLVED OR LEARN MORE:

Kansas Equality Coalition
The Kansas Equality Coalition is a unified statewide group of fair-minded people who are determined to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Coalition currently has chapters in Johnson County, Lawrence/Douglas County, Riley/Geary Counties, North Central Kansas, Southeast Kansas, Southwest Kansas, Topeka, and Wichita/Sedgwick County.

ACLU—Kansas & Western Missouri
Welcome to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri. Nationally, the ACLU is the only organization dedicated to promoting and protecting constitutional rights. Locally, the goal is to protect and put to everyday use the Bill of Rights for people living in Kansas and Western Missouri.

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LEGISLATIVE STATUS IN KANSAS:

Your Community—Kansas
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
HRC presents resources, news, and the current marriage and relationship recognition laws in each state.

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PUBLICATIONS:

Kansas Census Snapshot
Williams Institute
January 2008

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Kansas.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey
Williams Institute
November 2007

Gary Gates at the Williams Institute released groundbreaking research on the geographic trends among same-sex couples. The report finds the biggest increases in Southern and Mountain states and states barring legal acceptance of same-sex couples had larger percentage increases in same-sex couples from 2000 to 2006.

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NEWS:

View news about the fight for the freedom to marry in Kansas.

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Kansas Equality Coalition Calendar


Kansas Census Snapshot

Williams Institute
January 2008
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Kansas.


Sharing Our Stories

Read families’ stories about how marriage discrimination affects everyday life. These stories communicate, in concrete ways, how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage hurts families and helps no one.

The Marriage Basics

Start in The Marriage Basics to get short answers to your big questions about the freedom to marry, and learn more about the protections and responsibilities of marriage, the historical background for this civil rights movement, why separate is not equal, and so much more.