Politics & Government

Kansas Supreme Court discussing gay marriage case

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The Kansas Supreme Court is deliberating whether to allow same-sex marriage licenses even as the federal courts have ruled same-sex marriages are allowed in the state.

Kansas justices met privately Monday to review a petition from Attorney General Derek Schmidt to block the licenses until a final judicial ruling on the constitutionality of the state’s gay marriage ban.

Schmidt filed the petition last month after Johnson County’s chief district court judge authorized marriage licenses for same-sex couples. In Kansas, licenses are issued by district court clerks.

The Kansas Supreme Court blocked further licenses, but the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit for lesbian couples denied licenses in Douglas and Sedgwick counties.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week blocked enforcement of the gay-marriage ban while the federal lawsuit proceeds.

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