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

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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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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet Crashed a Frat House, Took Selfies: VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet paid a visit to Stonestreet's alma mater Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and decided after their talk with students on campus to check out Stonestreet's old frat house.

Their timing couldn't have been more awkward. Turns out there had just been a party at the frat house and the Modern Family actors walked in on the aftermath, which included frat bros getting intimate with their ladies.

Ferguson tells Conan what happened when Mitch and Cam walked into the bedroom, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ferguson also talks about throwing out the first pitch at a Dodger's game recently ("gayest opening pitch") and making People magazine's "Best Dressed List".

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Utah Companies Reject 'God Loves Gays' Billboards, God Not Impressed

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Two billboard companies in Utah have declined requests to erect “God Loves Gays” signs in order to “avoid controversy,” reports Buzzfeed.

The “God Loves Gays” billboards are part of a national campaign that recently saw a similar massive display in Topeka, Kansas, the hometown of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Reagan Outdoor Advertising and YESCO said they rejected the ads because of the sensitive nature of issues around religion and LGBT rights.

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God Reported To Be Unhappy With The Decision

Dewey Reagan, president and general manager of Reagan Outdoor Advertising, said the decision does not reflect the company’s position on the topic:

“It was a business decision based on structural realities of our business. We don’t actually own the majority of the land underneath the signs where our billboards are located. They are there pursuant to land lease agreements and some of those specifically prohibit display of ad copy that is controversial.”

In a written statement, YESCO said:

“As a privately owned company, YESCO carefully evaluates all requests for advertising placement. We avoid accepting advertisements that are interpreted as advancing sensitive religious, social, or political interests.”

The Almighty has since weighed in on the issue and questioned why his opinion is being stifled:

 

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Watch god explain the "God Loves Gays" campaign and why the Westboro Baptitst Church is misrepresenting him, AFTER THE JUMP...

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24,000 Transgender People May Be Ineligible To Vote In November Due to Voter ID- VIDEO

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Strict voter ID laws in ten states could create barriers to voting and lead to possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November, reports LGBTQ Nation.

MapAccording to the study “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” about 84,000 transgender people across the ten strict photo ID states are estimated to be eligible to vote. The 24,000 transgender voters who may face barriers to voting reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In order for these 24,000 voting-eligible transgender people to obtain the updated photo IDs required to vote in the November 2014 general election, they must comply with the requirements for updating their state-issued or federally-issued IDs.

The study’s author Jody L. Herman, Ph.D, said:

“Some voters may not have the means or the ability to present the required voter identification for a variety of reasons, such as poverty, disability, or religious objection.

Transgender people have unique barriers to obtaining accurate IDs needed to vote.

As these ten states begin planning for their fall elections, educating poll workers is crucial in order to ensure that transgender voters in their states have fair access to the ballot.”

Watch the 2012 National Center for Transgender Equality's "Voting While Trans" campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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