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Marriage Update – February 9, 2015

Marriage Update – February 9, 2015

Marriage Licenses by County2-9-2015

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the new Chief Judge of the 28th Judicial District has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Congrats to the happy couples in Saline and Ottawa, the counties covered in the 28th!

As we’ve been reporting, we’re still stalled on getting complete recognition while our members’ lawsuit makes its way through the legal process.  The temporary injunction blocking the Sedgwick and Douglas counties, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from enforcing the state ban, still stands.  Judges around the state are still making their own decisions regarding the issuance of marriage licenses.  Same-sex couples are still having difficulty filing taxes, insuring their spouses, changing drivers licenses, and so on.

For more information on taxes, see our previous article.  For more information on other issues regarding marriage in Kansas, see our January 26 marriage update.

Below is our current list of counties issuing, and those not issuing, marriage licenses to same-sex couples. For those keeping score, 2.4 million of Kansas’ 2.88 million residents now live in one of the 61 Kansas counties issuing licenses to same sex couples. That’s just shy of 84%.

The following counties are issuing marriage licenses:

Allen
Atchison
Barton
Bourbon
Brown
Chase
Cherokee
Clark
Clay
Cloud
Comanche
Cowley
Crawford
Dickinson
Doniphan
Douglas
Ellis
Ellsworth
Ford
Geary
Gove
Grant
Gray
Harvey
Haskell
Jewell
Johnson
Kiowa
Labette
Leavenworth
Lincoln
Linn
Lyon
Marion
Marshall
McPherson
Meade
Miami
Mitchell
Morris
Morton
Nemaha
Neosho
Ottawa
Republic
Rice
Riley
Rooks
Russell
Saline
Sedgwick
Seward
Shawnee
Stafford
Stanton
Stevens
Trego
Washington
Wilson
Woodson
Wyandotte

The following counties are notissuing marriage licenses:

Anderson
Butler
Chautauqua
Cheyenne
Coffey
Decatur
Edwards
Elk
Finney
Franklin
Graham
Greeley
Greenwood
Hamilton
Hodgeman
Jackson
Jefferson
Kearny
Lane
Logan
Montgomery
Ness
Norton
Osage
Osborne
Pawnee
Phillips
Pottawatomie
Rawlins
Reno
Rush
Scott
Sheridan
Sherman
Smith
Thomas
Wabaunsee
Wallace
Wichita

And these counties, all in the 30th Judicial District, won’t say. We have been told that, as of today, no couples have submitted an application for a license:

Barber
Harper
Kingman
Pratt
Sumner
Hopefully by the end of June, we’ll be able to color that whole map blue!

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