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Kansas AG dismisses state court case against same-sex marriage

Kansas AG dismisses state court case against same-sex marriage


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has dismissed a case he filed last year with the state Supreme Court to keep counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Schmidt filed a notice Tuesday with the state’s highest court saying his case is moot because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week legalizing gay marriage across the nation.

As of Tuesday, district court clerks for all 105 counties were either issuing licenses to same-sex couples or were saying they were prepared to do so.

Schmidt filed his petition in October after the chief judge of the Johnson County District Court directed its clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Kansas Supreme Court put the case on hold, leaving decisions about issuing licenses to local court officials.

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