With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage pending, many people in Kansas and Missouri are confused about the state of the unions here.
In shorthand, whether same-sex couples can get married depends on where you live. Both states are a marriage mixed bag, with some counties offering licenses and others refusing to allow gay weddings.
To clear up some of the confusion as we await word from the high court, here’s our FAQs on TTK (tying the knot):
Q: Just what is the high court deciding?
Two issues: whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage; and whether states can refuse to recognize those marriages performed in other states.
Put another way, to quote SCOTUSblog: “1.) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2.) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”
Q: Where can same-sex couples get marriage licenses now?
Missouri — three places: the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County.
Kansas — Johnson County and 60 other counties (out of a total of 105 counties), where clerks or judges decided to honor a federal appellate court decision.