Kansas gay marriage pleadings to lay out arguments

Kansas Attorney General Derick Schmidt
Kansas Attorney General Derick Schmidt (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging the Kansas Supreme Court to not unnecessarily abandon the state’s ban on same-sex marriages until a final constitutional decision on the issue is made by the nation’s highest court.

Schmidt contends in a court filing Friday that a federal judge’s order allowing gay couples to marry applies only to the court officials in the two Kansas counties involved in the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The state also wants a decision that a Johnson County judge acted prematurely when he issued an order allowing gay marriages.

Johnson County is urging the court to lift its temporary order prohibiting it from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but hold off on any further proceedings until the federal case is resolved.

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