Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • The state's Romeo and Juliet law, that assigned harsher sentences in statutory rape cases where the parties were of the same sex, was invalidated by the 2003 SCOTUS ruling in Lawrence v.Texas.
  • Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions from 2005 to 2014, per Proposed Amendment 1.
  • Kansas is the home of the Planting Peace Equality House in Topeka.
  • Kansas House Bill 2453, the Religious Freedom Act, was legislation proposed in the state of Kansas in January 2014 that would have allowed people to refuse to provide services in any way related to any relationship (same-sex or otherwise) under the name "marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement" if their objection to doing so was based on their self-proclaimed religious beliefs. The bill passed the House, but on 19 February 2014, Senator Jeff King (R-Independence), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said his committee would not consider the legislation, ending its consideration.
  • SCOTUS denied cert in Oklahoma's Bishop and Utah's Kitchen on 6 October 2014, which left the 10th Circuit's prior rulings in those cases as valid. Kansas is also covered by the 10th Circuit, therefore binding precedent was established for Kansas.
  • 4 November 2014, U.S. Federal District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled for marriage equality by granting the plaintiffs'request for a preliminary injunction in Marie v. Moser (under LAWSUITS-PENDING below).
  • 17 November 2014, Kansas has 105 counties, but only a handful are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples - By Hunter Schwarz, The Washington Post
  • 17 November 2014, Chief Judge A.J. Wachter issued an order covering the 11th Judicial District of Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties in Kansas - AP, LGBTQNATION
  • 18 November 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court lifted the temporary stay that blocked issuance of marriage licenses in Johnson County. Woot! See State of Kansas v. Moriarty under LAWSUITS-PENDING below.

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