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Monday, June 18, 2007

The final vote on the Lawrence domestic partner registry is tomorrow

This is it: Tuesday night the Lawrence City Commission is expected to take the final vote to create Kansas' first domestic partner registry.

The meeting starts at 6:35 p.m. at Lawrence City Hall, 6 East 6th St. One more time, we need to go to the meeting to support the proposal. The discussion and vote should be near the beginning of the meeting.

The Kansas Equality Coalition expects the proposal to be pulled off the consent agenda by Commissioner Mike Amyx. If he doesn't do that, he can't vote against it. With the proposal off the consent agenda, the Commission could, once again, hear comments on it. However, I doubt that Mayor Sue Hack will provide much if any time for testimony. Both sides have had ample time to speak and contact the commissioners.

We seem to be retaining our 4-1 margin on the Commission, which means the domestic partner registry should finally become official Tuesday night. If all goes as expected, this will be a huge victory for fair treatment under the law in Lawrence.

The city expects to start offering the registry online Aug. 1. A fee will be charged, but the amount of the fee has not been announced yet.

Here is the full text of the registry ordinance.

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