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Kansas house ready to approve amendment to ban same-sex marriage

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives [official website] has given its preliminary approval to a proposed constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would ban same-sex marriage and would prohibit the state from allowing civil unions or granting benefits normally associated with marriage to same-sex couples, by a vote of 89-28. A final vote to approve the amendment is scheduled Wednesday, and is expected to mirror the state Senate's approval of the amendment [JURIST report]. With both houses voting in favor of the amendment, the issue will go Kansas voters on April 5. Wednesday's Lawrence Journal-World has more.

2:14 PM ET - The Kansas House approved the marriage amendment Wednesday, setting the stage for an April vote. AP has more.

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