Kansans vote to add same-sex marriage ban to state constitution

Kansans vote to add same-sex marriage ban to state constitution

[JURIST] Voters in Kansas overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment [text; JURIST report] Tuesday that will ban same-sex couples from marrying or entering into civil unions. Kansas law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but supporters of the constitutional amendment have said the ban must be included in the Kansas Constitution [text] in order to insulate it from legal challenge. Over 70% of Kansas voters approved the amendment, despite arguments that it could have unexpected consequences, including preventing employers from offering health benefits to employee's partners. Opponents of the amendment said that the vote is "merely the beginning of the fight for fairness in this state," and that they will challenge the amendment in the courts. In other state action in this area, the Connecticut Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. AP has more. Wednesday's Wichita Eagle has local coverage of the Kansas vote.