Kansas gay marriage pleadings to lay out arguments

Marriage license (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court says it will begin deliberating next week on whether to keep in place its order barring a Johnson County judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Written arguments in the case are due late Friday. No public hearings are scheduled. The court begins its deliberations on Monday.

The state of Kansas filed a petition in October after Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty of Johnson County District Court directed that marriage licenses be issued to same-sex couples.

The state case has been overtaken by fast-moving developments in a separate federal lawsuit that has allowed gay couples in Kansas to get marriage licenses.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from Kansas to bar same-sex couples from marrying while the state fights the issue.

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