Gay couples wed in Kansas, but not in all counties

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 8:16 PM
Gay couples wed in Kansas, but not in all counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples have wed on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita.

The wedding Monday for 14 couples happened as officials elsewhere in Kansas refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners because the state Supreme Court has not yet signed off.

The Kansas court deliberated in private for hours Monday.

At least a few state district court judges and clerks took their cues from a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week allowing gay marriages to go forward despite the state's ban.

Outside the old Sedgwick County courthouse, about 100 people attended a wedding held by First Metropolitan Community Church.

Among the couples were Scott and Raymond Tholl (TOLL), who've been together 12 years.

Scott Tholl said they wanted to be part of something historic.