It's not gay marriage -- it's not even civil unions -- but homosexual -- and heterosexual partners in Lawrence can now register as domestic partners.
Wednesday was the first day for the registry.
No real rights come along with the domestic partnerships.
Businesses that choose to recognize the registry can allow partners to share insurance benefits -- which affects all of the couples.
Gays and lesbians said this is obviously a huge step forward for them, but people we talked to say this isn't just a homosexual issue.
The domestic registry allows couples to share insurance benefits -- if employers choose to recognize it.
No other cities in Kansas are offering a registry. Lawrence is the first, and their leaders defend it.
Couples can register only if they are Lawrence residents, and have lived there more than 60 days.
About 14 couples have registered so far Wednesday.
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