Kansas can now issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon ended a stay that temporarily prevented the state from doing so.
In Kansas, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued an injunction Nov. 4 barring the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay Monday that temporarily prevented Crabtree's order from taking effect Tuesday as scheduled.
In South Carolina on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel in Charleston ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated individual rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
“Our state's laws on marriage are not identical to those in other states. Therefore, based on the time-honored tradition of federalism, this office believes South Carolina’s unique laws should have their day in court at the highest appropriate level,” Wilson said.
“Soon we will be able to obtain the marriage license we tried to get last month and resume our wedding plans. I represent families in South Carolina family court every day, and it is exhilarating to know that my family should now be recognized by South Carolina,” said Condon, who is an attorney.