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Double blow in Kansas.

Kansas gays and lesbians suffered a one-two punch on April 5 when Topeka voters ousted the state's only openly lesbian city council member, Tiffany Muller, and the state passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin. Muller lost to lawyer Richard Harmon after having defeated Jael Phelps, the daughter of notoriously antigay pastor Fred Phelps, in the primary.

Kansas is the 18th state to adopt a constitutional marriage ban. Three states will vote on similar proposals next year, and at least a dozen more state bans are in the works.
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Title Annotation:ELECTION; ban on same-sex marriage; Tiffany Muller lost election
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U4KS
Date:May 10, 2005
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