Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Capitol report

January 20, 2005

In the first week of the 2005 Legislature, only one major issue came to a vote: a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which won approval in the Senate.

The issue now goes to the House, where Speaker Doug Mays has referred the measure to committee for study.

Two-thirds passage in the House would put the proposed amendment on a statewide ballot this year, possibly as early as April 5. It would then require a simple majority of Kansas voters to go into effect.

The concurrent resolution was approved by the required two-thirds majority of senators, 28-11.

A yes vote was in favor of the constitutional amendment; a no vote was against. Here's how area senators voted:

Sen. Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City, Yes

Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, Yes.

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