The Topeka City Council has rejected a proposal to establish a domestic partnership registry.


The Topeka City Council has rejected a proposal to establish a domestic partnership registry.

The registry would have allowed unmarried adult couples to register their relationships with the city to gain easier access to benefits such as health insurance and hospital visitation rights. But The Topeka Capital Journal (http://bit.ly/uxnczx ) reported that it failed to win passage Tuesday on a 5-4 vote.

Mayor Bill Bunten didn't have a vote but spoke against the proposal. He said its passage wouldn't have addressed discrimination and civil rights concerns. He said previously that he believes the registry would be another step toward legalizing gay marriage

Councilman Chad Manspeaker was dismayed. He said it reminded him of the Rev. Martin Luther King's statement that "A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."