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Gay marriages begin in Kansas after US Supreme Court lifts stay

Gay marriages begin in Kansas after US Supreme Court lifts stay

Same-sex couples began getting married in the state of Kansas on Thursday (13 November).

The marriages began after the US Supreme Court lifted the emergency stay it had issued earlier in the week.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who along with Governor Sam Brownback has vowed to continue the legal fight against gay marriage, had maintained that marriages should only be allowed in the two counties where successful lawsuits were filed.

But marriages were taking place across the state throughout the day.

‘It feels pretty good,’ LuAnn Lewis told The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Lewis had picked up a license so that she could marry her partner of seven years next week.

‘I didn’t think that I’d live long enough to see it happen in this state,’ she said. ‘I’m glad I had the opportunity to come up here today.’