After Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal, a judge in Kansas is now allowing same-sex marriage licenses to be issued.
The Sedgwick County Courthouse is turning away same-sex couples who are seeking marriage licenses.
Kerry Wilks and Donna Ditrani, along with their minister, went to the Wichita courthouse yesterday. After the clerk refused to give them paperwork to get a marriage license, the couple said they would be happy to "join the cause" as plaintiffs in a lawsuit expected to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenging the Kansas ban.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that they would not move forward with same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal. The decision allows same-sex couples to begin applying for marriage licenses in their state. It could also mean same-sex marriage is coming to Kansas.
Back in June, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans on same-sex marriage in both Utah and Oklahoma. Appeals brought before the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse those rulings were turned away, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in those states.
A state audit says the Kansas Department of Revenue's $34-million-dollar overhaul of the state's computer operations was not managed properly by the revenue department or the 3M Company.
The audit was released yesterday to a joint Legislative committee. It says the project created a motor vehicle network plagued by technical problems.
Auditors also said implementation of a new driver's license system may be four years too late. The auditors said state revenue department staff did not properly oversee the project, and 3M Company did not deliver services it had promised.
There have been reports around the Kansas Statehouse that there is an FBI investigation into how contracts were awarded for KanCare, the state's privately managed Medicaid program. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, someone has now come forward to say the investigation exists.
Former Republican Kansas state Senator Dick Kelsey says the FBI contacted him and interviewed him several times. He says a focus of the investigation is David Kensinger, a former chief of staff to Governor Brownback.