KANSAS CITY, MO – The ACLU of Kansas today filed a lawsuit against district court clerks in Douglas and Sedgwick counties for their refusal to issue marriage applications to two same-sex couples, despite the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals lifting its stay on marriage for same-sex couples on Monday.  Kansas officials have since attempted to block the issuance of marriage licenses after the first and only couple successfully obtained a marriage license and wed in Johnson County today.  The ACLU of Kansas will file a motion for preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order over the weekend and will seek to have it heard promptly next week.


“The ACLU of Kansas understands that the freedom to marry is an important right. Marriage equality is the law in more than 25 states now,” said Susan Estes, Board President of the ACLU of Kansas, “and it’s time for marriage equality in Kansas. All loving and committed couples – without restrictions of state lines or sexual orientation - should have access to the protections that marriage provides.”


State officials’ actions clearly disregard precedent set by the 10th Circuit Court holding that it is unconstitutional to exclude same-sex couples from the protections of marriage and that the state is required to comply with the decision. The ACLU of Kansas plans to see the fight for marriage equality through until every couple is protected equally under the law.





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