The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples – but not before one lesbian couple was able to legally wed.
For now, they remain the only married same-sex couple in all of Kansas.
According to the Associated Press, the Johnson County newlyweds are identified only Kelli and Angela. The women asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy.
The marriage took place in Johnson County after Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty directed other judges and court clerks to approve marriage licenses for gay couples.
The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s pastor at the courthouse in Olathe, Kansas, and after they exchanged vows, the women both returned to work.
‘Kelli and Angela are grateful for the outpouring of congratulations, well-wishes, and support from around our great state and nation,’ the Kansas Equality Coalition said in a statement.
‘They are celebrating their marriage in a typically Kansan way: Privately, with family and close friends. They ask that we respect their privacy, and they look forward to the day when same-sex marriages are no more newsworthy than any other marriage.’
The Kansas Supreme Court has set a hearing for 6 November to consider if the state’s ban is constitutional.