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Court Documents Quantify Impact Of Gay Marriage In Kansas

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Court documents are offering a glimpse at the early impact of the gay-marriage ruling in Kansas.

The latest filing Tuesday from state officials comes in the form of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas ban on same-sex marriages. A federal judge has ruled the state's ban is unconstitutional in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the unions nationwide.

That being said, the judge gave extra time for written filings on whether Kansas has made good on its assurances that it will comply.

One affidavit shows that the Kansas State Employee Health Benefits Plan has granted health insurance coverage to 48 same-sex spouses. Another document shows Sedgwick County has issued at least 160 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while Douglas County has issued about 60.


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