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A new system for hiring agencies to coordinate adoptions and foster care placements in Kansas will continue to let some groups cite religious beliefs to exclude some prospective parents — including gay couples.

The Department for Children and Families earlier this week had left lawmakers confused about whether a new grant system would extend those religious protections to the agencies taking over statewide foster care and family preservation contracts.

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When Jon Powell moved from Kansas City back to his hometown of Hutchinson 10 years ago, "there was no LGBT support group, anything," he says.

So he and a few others decided to form Hutchinson's first chapter of Equality Kansas, then known as the Kansas Equality Coalition, a statewide group that advocates for LGBT rights. After a decade of politically focused work, the group is putting on its first-ever Pride event this weekend to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed into law a measure allowing faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to get state reimbursement for placement services — even if they turn away prospective parents on religious grounds.

A polarizing debate over the role of faith-based adoption organizations, and their ability to exclude same-sex couples, has tangled an update of Kansas adoption and foster care laws.

A bill needed to revise the rules passed the House without a dissenting vote in late February. But it drew opposition in the Senate this week when a controversial amendment was added.

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A bill before Kansas lawmakers says faith-based child agencies should not be required to place children in families if it conflicts with the religious values of the organization.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer has made it a point to say he will not accept harassment and discrimination in his administration, but he won’t say if he’ll reinstate an executive order that would bar discrimination against LGBT state workers.

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A leading Kansas LGBT rights group is pushing back against a newly adopted Kansas Republican Party resolution that activists say dehumanizes transgender individuals.

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In the ongoing struggle on college campuses for LGBT equality and acceptance, Kansas State University is an unexpected leader.

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What's the best college campus in Kansas for LBGTQ students?

Many might guess the University of Kansas in Lawrence, long considered a progressive bastion, but according to CollegeChoice.net, the best bet for LGBTQ students in Kansas is in Manhattan, at Kansas State University.

K-State ranked as the 45th best choice in the country.

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Wichita State University is marking 40 years of having LGBT groups on campus.

Wichita State’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student group—called the Student Homophile Association—formed in 1976. It was just three years after the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its diagnostic manual.

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