Kansas LGBTQ activist Stephanie Mott dies

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) | Well-known Kansas LGBTQ rights activist Stephanie Mott has died.

Pastor Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Topeka says Mott was hospitalized Sunday after apparently suffering a heart attack. She died March 4 at the age of 61.

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New Kansas guv latest to sign order against anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On her first day of office, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Jan. 15 became the latest new governor to sign an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

Kelly signed the directive, Executive Order No. 19-02, shortly after being sworn into office in Topeka. The order bars discrimination in state employment, services and contracts based on numerous characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Gay, Native American Democrat busts candidate mold in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) | Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas added her name Wednesday to her party’s increasingly diverse slate of candidates advancing to the November ballot.

Davids, who would be the first gay, Native American elected to Congress, narrowly won a six-way primary in her eastern Kansas district, shattering the mold for a congressional primary winner in conservative Kansas and embodying the range of ethnicities and sexual orientations of Democratic candidates running throughout the country this fall.

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Gay former Topeka mayoral candidate says he received threats during campaign

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Topeka man who was the city’s first openly gay mayoral candidate says he received death threats during his unsuccessful primary campaign.

A day after failing to advance to the November general election in the five-candidate race, Chris Schultz told the Topeka Capital-Journal Aug. 2 that the threats he suspects were related to his sexual orientation were “kind of traumatizing.”

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Kansas Supreme Court allows more same-sex marriages

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Nov. 18 for additional same-sex marriages in the state’s most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional.

The Kansas court also declined to say whether all of the state’s 105 counties fall under a U.S. Supreme Court order last week blocking the state from enforcing laws and a provision in its constitution against gay marriage. The nation’s highest court acted in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union over the denial of marriage licenses to lesbian couples in two counties.

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Man who donated sperm to lesbian couple now owes child support

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Jan. 22.

Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn’t qualify as a sperm donor, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

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