Local

Some Kansas judges will not say whether they will issue same-sex marriage licenses

A crowd gathers for a rally in Old Town Square in Wichita to support the Supreme Court's decision to recognize gay marriage across the United States. (June 26, 2015)
A crowd gathers for a rally in Old Town Square in Wichita to support the Supreme Court's decision to recognize gay marriage across the United States. (June 26, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Some judges in Kansas would not say Monday whether they will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Most of Kansas’ judicial districts have started issuing licenses, but seven have not said whether they will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.

Chief Judge David Ricke of the 13th District, which includes Butler County, said he will not say whether he is going to grant same-sex marriage licenses to couples that otherwise qualify, according to Hugh Zavadil, the chief administrator.

The 13th District hasn’t received any same-sex marriage applications, Zavadil said Monday. Ricke did not explain why his district would not say in advance whether it would issue licenses. Ricke is elected to his judgeship, Zavadil said.

Janelle Morel, administrative assistant for Judge Preston Pratt of the 17th District, said the 17th District also had not received a same-sex marriage license application and would not say whether it would grant one to applicants.

Reach Oliver Morrison at 316-268-6499 or omorrison@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ORMorrison.

  Comments