Kansas Marriage Amendment (2005)

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The Kansas Marriage Amendment was on an April 5, 2005 ballot in Kansas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved with 70% in favor.[1]

The enactment of this amendment meant that the Kansas Constitution was changed through the addition of language that defines marriage as "a civil contract between one man and one woman only" and also by declaring that "any other marriage is contrary to public policy and void." The amendment also prohibits the state from recognizing any other legal relationship that would "entitle the parties in the relationship to the rights or incidents of marriage."

The Kansas Marriage Amendment was one of two marriage-related ballot measures on the 2005 ballot, the other being Texas Proposition 2 (2005), which also was approved.

Election results

Kansas Marriage Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 417,675 70%
No179,43230%

Text of measure

The wording on the ballot said:

"There is currently no constitutional provision regarding marriage. There is a statute, enacted by the legislature, that defines marriage as a civil contract between two persons who are of opposite sex and declares all other marriages to be contrary to public policy and void.
A vote for this proposition would amend the Kansas constitution to incorporate into it the definition of marriage as a civil contract between one man and one woman only and the declaration that any other marriage is contrary to public policy and void. The proposed constitutional amendment also would prohibit the state from recognizing any other legal relationship that would entitle the parties in the relationship to the rights or incidents of marriage.
A vote against this proposition would not amend the constitution, in which case the current statute that defines marriage would remain unchanged but could be amended by future acts of the legislature or modified by judicial interpretation."

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