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Kansas Child Welfare Audit Won't Include Anti-Gay Discrimination

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An audit of the Kansas Department for Children and Families won't include an investigation into whether the agency discriminates against same-sex couple. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Legislative Post Audit Committee deadlocked on the proposed anti-gay discrimination investigation and eventually decided to delay the issue until its April meeting. The audit the panel approved Wednesday will focus on safety and privatization. State Senator Michael O'Donnell, a Wichita Republican, says the audit will be the "most comprehensive" of the foster care system in the state's history. But Representative Jim Ward called the decision "simply unbelievable." The Wichita Democrat had proposed an audit of discrimination claims after several couples came forward in recent months. He accused lawmakers of voting to "cover up evidence of discrimination in a major state agency."

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