Law banning gay sex stays on the books in Kansas

Thu. March 10, 2011 7:04 PM by News Staff

Topeka, Ks. - An unenforceable, unconstitutional law that makes gay and lesbian sex a criminal act will remain on the books in Kansas for the time being.

A Republican and a Democrat on Kansas' House Judiciary Committee removed the provision addressing gay sex from a "clean-up" bill, saying it was unnecessary.

"It's a tempest in a teapot," Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) told the Topeka Capital-Journal. "I don't think it would make any difference. The statute is unenforceable."

Gay rights activists were outraged and are planning a March on the Capitol building on March 17.

"[Democratic] Representative [Jan] Pauls' endorsement of an unconstitutional statute that's used to threaten and discriminate against law-abiding Kansas citizens is an outrage," Kansas Equality Coalition chairman Thomas Witt told the paper.