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Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka, Inc., formerly Equal Justice Coalition, formed in September 2002 after the Topeka City Council voted against expanding the Human Relations Ordinance to include protection from discrimination to all citizens based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka, Inc.
P.O. Box 3824
Topeka, KS 66604
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Benedette Koslover
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Interim Secretary Stephanie Mott
Treasurer Liatris Studer
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Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka, Inc. works to secure fair treatment for all citizens, especially with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. We recognize the interconnectedness of all forms of oppression and we seek alliances with other organization to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression.

In working toward the goals of redefining Topeka as a fair-minded city and creating social and political change, Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka works toward securing fair treatment and equal rights for all citizens, especially with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity through:

Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka facilitates education in schools, clubs, civic organizations, faith-based institutions, and through workshops. The importance of educating the general community, allies, and others is recognized as one of the key elements to creating change. This education will also be facilitated through public awareness materials, media releases, and public speaking events. Please contact Travis Barnhart, Chair of KEC of Topeka, if you are interested in helping, hosting, or receiving an educational event.

Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is involved with lobbying, talking with voters, going door-to-door to identify supportive voters, and working toward both passing and retaining anti-discrimination legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in the city of Topeka, KS. Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka supports educating lawmakers about the need for progressive legislation.

Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is comprised of supportive allies and individuals who recognize the importance of justice and fair treatment for all citizens in Topeka, KS. We are committed to building a cross-cultural and diverse coalition that is reflective of our community. We are collaborating with clergy, professors, the business community, social service organization, and many other individuals and groups. Additionally, we continue to meet and build partnerships with all types of community leaders and interested individuals. Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is also committed to forming a united front with a clear, strong voice about the need for equality and fair treatment for all people.

Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is currently made up of volunteers and it is because of people's commitment and support for these issues that we are able to continue growing and be successful in our mission. Please contact our secretary, Don Miller, to see how you can become a volunteer.

Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is committed to helping achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals across the State of Kansas. It is because of this commitment that Equal Justice Coalition transitioned to become the Topeka chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition.
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There has been some misunderstanding regarding the various court orders flying around the state. As of the time of this posting, only Douglas and Sedgwick counties are directly covered by Judge Crabtree's order that marriage licenses be issued to same-sex couples. That order was issued in response to the Federal lawsuit filed on our members' behalf by the ACLU. In a subsequent order, the Kansas Supreme Court told Kansas district court chief judges they could interpret the various Federal court rulings as they saw fit, and issue marriage licenses based on their own evaluation. There is no Federal or State order covering all Kansas counties.

[ Posted: Tuesday Dec 16 2014, 12:28 pm | More Details...]

Greetings all -

Earlier today the ACLU of Kansas filed, on behalf of the various plaintiffs, a request to block State of Kansas agencies from enforcing the marriage ban.

If Judge Crabtree grants the injunction, this will resolve for now the issues surrounding things like changing names on driver's licenses, joint filing of income taxes, and adding spouses to insurance. We're hoping for a fast hearing and quick decision. Given all the recent rulings from the various Federal courts, I'm looking forward to a positive order that will put an end to Sam Brownback's continued abuse of our Constitutional rights.

[ Posted: Monday Dec 8 2014, 2:20 pm | More Details...]

Good morning -

To the best of our knowledge, there are currently 25 counties in 12 judicial districts that are issuing marriage licenses:

Brown (22)
Chase (5)
Cherokee (11)
Clay (21)
Cloud (12)
Cowley (19)
Crawford (11)
Doniphan (22)
Douglas (7)
Harvey (9)
Jewell (12)
Johnson (10)
Labette (11)
Lincoln (12)
Lyon (5)

[ Posted: Monday Nov 24 2014, 8:18 am | More Details...]

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