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Voters in Kansas
to decide on constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

Voters in Kansas
to decide on constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage

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Kansas voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. It is expected to be overwhelmingly approved.

Kansas voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is already banned under Kansas law, and the law is not being challenged by anyone. But supporters of the ballot measure say the ban must be put in the Kansas constitution to insulate it from a potential legal challenge. Kansas voters are expected to approve the marriage ban overwhelmingly. Kansas would become the 18th state with such a prohibition in its constitution; 13 others approved such bans just last year. Alabama, South Dakota, and Tennessee plan elections next year on constitutional bans, and proposals are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Gay people in Kansas warn that the measure on Tuesday's ballot could be especially oppressive. It would not only reinforce the long-standing definition of marriage but would also declare that only unions of one man and one woman are entitled to the "rights and incidents" of marriage. They say the measure could ban civil unions and prevent companies from offering health benefits to employees' partners, gay or heterosexual. (AP)

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