Topeka City Council Rejects Proposed Domestic Partnership Registry

In a 5-4 vote yesterday, the Topeka City Council rejected a proposed domestic partnership registry that would have made it easier for unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to access health benefits. Mayor Bill Bunten had spoken against the registry, calling it the “wrong road to go down” because it would “minimize the need for a man and a woman to have a family” and suggesting he’s “too old” to support such a change. Lawrence remains the only Kansas city to recognize domestic partners.