Well folks, Kansas is finally getting there. County by county, they’re beginning to issue same-sex marriage licenses. I am happy to announce that Olathe, Kansas began officially issuing same-sex marriage licenses after several stop-start decisions because of legal holds and petitions. I was fortunate enough to talk with one of the couples that initially applied for a license on October 9, 2014. They even had an informal ceremony performed by a minister offering his services to couples on the courthouse stairs. Soon after, the Kansas Attorney General put a hold on all same-sex marriage licenses, although applications were still being accepted. Kaci Campbell and Kim Garner filled out an application on October 9th, but by October 10th the Kansas Attorney General had already blocked any licenses from being issued. Kaci said after the first delay that the attorney general “…thinks that the judge that allowed us to get marriage license is not qualified to make that kind of decision…If not for activist judges, women would have no rights, right? Slavery would not have been abolished, right? Thank you, Judge, for standing up for ALL individuals’ rights.” Kaci and Kim were finally able to receive an actual license recently, on November 19. She contacted me the night before and said “They lifted the ban today in Johnson County, so tomorrow I will finally go get license and be married by the end of the day. The news called and interviewed us tonight, on channel 9 tonight…” She and Kim still plan “to have another ceremony because the last one wasn’t technically legal.” I’m so excited for them to have the most fun, creative, and LEGAL ceremony they possibly can! They are both beautiful, unique people, and I wish them all the best.
Now, while this is certainly great news, it’s not the end of the battle (even in Kansas). The state of Kansas is still appealing the rights to same-sex marriage. Although this probably won’t amount to any changes, it’s still something to be concerned about. Until same-sex marriage is at the very least respected by everyone, it won’t be an easy world for any of us to live in. Why is it so hard for people to just see love instead of gender and sex and all of the other things that should be secondary?