WICHITA, Kansas – While courts continue to hash out the decision, many same-sex couples are eagerly awaiting the chance to get married.
Martin Wilson said it’s been a whirlwind of emotions since Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied the State of Kansas appeal to stop same-sex marriage.
“You go through every bit of emotion when you find out that it’s unconstitutional, the ban has been lifted and you can finally get married,” said Wilson.
Wilson and his partner, David, have known each-other for 17 years.
“The fact of my partner and I being able to get married and other couples in Kansas that are going to be able to get married and have that equality.”
The ruling on same-sex marriage in Kansas hasn’t be completely cut and dry. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied all efforts by the State of Kansas to further delay the Kansas Federal Courts from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
KSN’s legal analyst Dan Monnat on Wednesday pointed out that the State of Kansas appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will still go ahead, on the merits on whether or not the Kansas constitution and law prohibiting gay marriage are unconstitutional.
As for Wilson, he stressed how important it is to him to finally be able to marry his long-time partner.
“I feel like this is going to complete our life in a way it hasn’t been completed before and I think since we’ll have these same rights than it makes my life complete,” said Wilson.
Many same-sex couples are jumping at the chance to get married. There is a mass wedding ceremony set to be held here at the Sedgwick County Courthouse Monday evening, where more than a dozen couples finally plan to say “I do”.
The Kansas State Supreme Court will have a hearing on Monday to determine if the Johnson County district judge who said same-sex marriages are legal and can move forward is in fact legitimate.
The topic of whether that makes same-sex marriage legal in every county in the state will be discussed as well.
KSNW TV – By Chris Arnold