Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2005

Marriage amendment placed on April ballot

February 3, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: February 3, 2005, 9:21 a.m.

An already-crowded April 5 ballot is being added to again, after a vote Wednesday morning in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Referendums to build a new elementary school and auditorium in Lansing and renew Leavenworth County's 1 percent sales tax, plus election of a mayor will be joined on the ballot in Lansing by another question: whether the Kansas Constitution should be amended to outlaw same-sex marriages.

The Kansas House on Wednesday agreed with the Kansas Senate and voted by the required two-thirds majority to put the amendment before Kansas voters this spring. Approval by a simple majority of voters statewide would amend the constitution to declare that only couples in a traditional marriage of one man and one woman would be entitled to the benefits associated with marriage.

Local House members were on different sides of the issue. Reps. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth, voted in favor of the amendment. Rep. Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, voted against it.

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