As we anxiously await news about full marriage equality across Kansas and Missouri, the rules are changing on a daily basis. Here’s what we know from PROMO and Equality Kansas as of our press deadline of Nov. 18. Much could change by the time you’re reading this, however. For the latest news, check these groups’ websites (PROMO, Equality Kansas), their Facebook pages, and Camp’s Facebook page.
Statement from PROMO about Missouri
“Just like we are seeing all across the country, Missouri hit some major milestones for equality this year. All legally married same-sex couples who wed in states where it is legal now have full marriage benefits here in Missouri. We are also seeing couples get married here on home soil. Kansas City and St. Louis are providing marriage certificates to same-sex couples after two court decisions proclaimed Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. We are hopeful that our court cases will soon be finalized, opening the door for all counties to issue marriages to all loving couples in Missouri.”
senior field organizer, Kansas City Region
Statement from Equality Kansas
“The Kansas Supreme Court is currently conducting private deliberations on the State v. Moriarty case, where Attorney General [Derek”> Schmidt demanded in October that same-sex marriages be stopped.
“Some counties are issuing marriage licenses without waiting for the Kansas court to rule — they consider the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a stay of Judge Crabtree’s ruling enough to proceed. The 19 counties we know are issuing marriage licenses are: Brown, Chase, Cherokee, Cloud, Cowley, Crawford, Douglas, Jewell, Johnson, Labette, Lincoln, Lyon, Mitchell, Republic, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Washington and Wyandotte.
executive director, Equality Kansas