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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Rallies Against Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined some 100 rally-goers in Wichita on Saturday in opposition to gay marriage and in support of the state's voter-approved anti-gay constitutional amendment. 

Back in 2005, a referendum stating marriage "shall be constituted by one man and one woman only" was approved by 70% of state voters.

The Wichita Eagle reports:

“The state of Kansas has voted on this, the people of Kansas have voted on this,” he said. “We need to keep pushing those issues and keep surging … surge forward into the election cycle.”

Brownback also used the rally — billed by the FRC as a “Standing for the American Family and Traditional Marriage” event — to marshal conservative voters for the November election.

“We need to push forward our candidates that stand for this country, that stand for faith, that stand for family, that stand for freedom,” he said. “This faith, family, freedom, that’s the name of the bus,” Brownback said, motioning toward a bus the FRC had decorated as part of its whistle-stop tour. “It’s also the name of the basic American philosophy, guys. The motto of the nation remains, ‘In God we trust.’”

HuelskampIn addition to Brownback, there were brief speeches by a number of other people, including Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” reality TV show and 1st District U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who described judicial intervention in the same-sex marriage issue as a battle, and “the battle is on,” he said.

Earlier this month, Huelskamp [pictured right] was rated one of the 19 "most anti-equality" members of Congress by the HRC.  

Watch a KSN news report on the rally and the dozen or so counter-protesters who showed up to voice support for LGBT rights, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kansas falls under the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already ruled Utah's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. One same-sex marriage licenses has already been issued, but additional marriages have been placed on temporary hold by the state Supreme Court while it considers whether the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. A hearing in the case is set for November 6. 

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Kansas Supreme Court Issues Temporary Stay on Gay Marriages, Hearing Set for November


In response to a district judge's order on Wednesday, a marriage license was issued to a same-sex couple in Johnson County, Kansas earlier today - the state's most populous county. The news prompted Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to ask the state Supreme Court to intervene and halt counties from issuing more licenses to same-sex couples.

Now it appears the couple who obtained the license will be the only same-sex married couple in the state for now. 

The Associated Press reports:

Angela and kelliThe state Supreme Court cited federal court rulings against gay marriage bans in its brief order but blocked Moriarty's order in Johnson County, "in the interest of establishing statewide consistency." It set a hearing for Nov. 6 and said it would consider whether the state's ban on gay marriage is permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

The Johnson County newlyweds, Kelli and Angela, asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy, but did agree to allow a photograph of them after the ceremony to be used. In a statement released through the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, they said they wanted to celebrate privately.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Asks State Supreme Court to Halt Gay Marriages

SchmidtKansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages from taking place in Johnson County - the state's most populous county.  

At least one marriage license has been issued to a same-sex couple since a district judge ordered the Johnson County District Court clerk's office to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Wednesday.

Buzzfeed reports:

“The Johnson County Court’s decision is an outlier,” Schmidt said in a statement accompanying his filing. “Numerous other Kansas Courts have concluded, as I have, that the law in Kansas remains unchanged and same-sex marriage remains unlawful unless and until a Court of competent jurisdiction, deciding a properly presented case or controversy, holds otherwise as a matter of federal constitutional law. Because that has not happened, I have concluded the Judge’s decision to order the issuance of licenses is unlawful and I now have no choice but to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to set it aside.”

Kansas falls under the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already ruled Utah's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. 


Kansas Judge Orders County Clerk to Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples


A District Judge in Kansas has ordered the Johnson County Clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in light of recent federal court rulings on same-sex marriage.

Johnson County is the most populous county in Kansas and contains many of Kansas City's southwestern suburbs including Overland Park.

The order below:

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Gay Couple Denied Marriage License in Kansas

Kansas_simpleThe Topeka Capital-Journal reports two Kansas men have been denied a marriage license in their home state.

Dan Barnes, 41, and Wade Honey, 44, took an hour long drive from their town, Ogden, to the Shawnee County District Court, which is located in a more liberal area of their state.

Barnes and Honey filed for a marriage license, and it took less than five minutes for them to be turned away.

Said Nancy Escalante, supervisor for marriage licenses at the court:

You can’t do that in the state of Kansas...Our application says 'man and woman.' The Legislature has not changed it.

This opens the door for a lawsuit from the two men, along with the numerous couples like them who attempted to apply for marriages.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback release a statement that recalled the words of South Carolina's Attorney General:

I swore an oath to support the Constitution of the State of Kansas...An overwhelming majority of Kansas voters amended the Constitution to include a definition of marriage as one man and one woman. Activist judges should not overrule the people of Kansas.

Kansas falls under the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, but it is not one of the five states who are directly implicated in the recent Supreme Court decision. Governors and AGs of these states have the chance to spin their wheels and delay gay marriages. It seems likely in states like Kansas and South Carolina, we will see some legal go-arounds of this nature in the coming weeks.

ACLU of Kansas to Ask Federal Judge to Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

Following on North Carolina's heels, the ACLU of Kansas has announced it will also ask a federal judge to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the Associated Press reports:

KansasThe ACLU had earlier decided to wait to see what the Supreme Court would do with the cases that came up from the 10th Circuit before challenging the Kansas same-sex marriage ban. Now, the ACLU plans to file a lawsuit in federal court and will likely ask for a preliminary injunction blocking the Kansas law, Bonney said.

"The first thing we need are plaintiffs," he said. "I don't think that will be too hard to get."

The Kansas Attorney General's Office did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.



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