Schmidt also said his office is closely watching litigation in other federal appeals courts that could bring the issue before the Supreme Court again.
The very next day, a unanimous panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges overturned same sex marriage bans in both Idaho and Nevada, also affecting Arizona, Alaska and Montana.
And still the Kansas GOP drags its feet, inviting litigation costly to both private citizens and the state.
Said the state's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, pandering to conservative heterosexuals who banned gay marriage almost a decade ago:
"The people have spoken on this," Brownback said. "I don't know how much more you can bolster it than to have a vote of the people to put in the constitution that marriage is the union of a man and a woman."
Yesterday, in neighboring Wyandotte county, just north of Johnson County, and the fourth-most populous Kansas county, RJ Brown and Danen Haxton received the first marriage license application given to a same sex couple. They still have to figure out which one of them is the "bride" on the application.
“As of this morning they were denying even this application. They weren't even going to let us fill this out,” Brown said.The Kansas City Star reports that Doug Bonney, legal director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, has reached out to lawyers to join its federal challenge seeking an immediate court order blocking the state’s same-sex marriage ban, after the precedent in the 10th Circuit. It could be filed as soon as next week, Bonney said.