John M. Becker

Largest County in Kansas Gets Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 4:50 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Kansas, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

over-the-rainbow-oz.jpgIn the wake of Monday's non-decision decision by the Supreme Court effectively legalizing marriage equality in the 10th Circuit, Kevin Moriarty, the chief judge in Johnson County, Kansas, has ordered the county clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Johnson County is the most populous county in the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports:

The order reads: "In the interest of justice and to avoid the uncertainty that has arisen in light of recent federal court rulings about the constitutionality of state constitutional and/or statutory prohibitions against marriage by same-sex individuals, the clerk of the district court is hereby directed to issue marriage licenses to all individuals, including same-sex individuals, provided they are otherwise qualified to marry."

Yes, you read that correctly: same-sex marriage has arrived... in Kansas. Zoom zoom!

A copy of Judge Moriarty's order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

District Court of Johnson County Order by Equality Case Files

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