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Kansas Equality Coalition of Wichita and Sedgwick County
Formerly Equality Kansas, the Wichita and Sedgwick County chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition was founded in April of 2004 to give a voice to the needs, causes, concerns, and rights of the GLBT community. Please join us in our efforts to further the rights of our community in this critical time.
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Wichita, KS 67206
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Chair Patrick Munz
Vice-Chair Thomas Witt
Treasurer Kerry Wilks
Secretary Katelyn Delvaux
About Our Chapter
Formerly Equality Kansas, the Wichita and Sedgwick County chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition was founded in April of 2004 to give a voice to the needs, causes, concerns, and rights of the GLBT community. Please join us in our efforts to further the rights of our community in this critical time.

We are fighting discrimination that prevents gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons from enjoying the rights that every free American is entitled to in whatever ways we can find, including:

  • Raising awareness about discrimination in our community
  • Educating voters about key political issues effecting our mission
  • Forming alliances with other organizations to strengthen our cause
  • Providing regular social settings to unite area GLBTs and their allies

Based in Wichita, our efforts are focused in Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno, Butler and Sumner counties.

Wichita News & Events

Good morning -

To the best of our knowledge, there are currently 25 counties in 12 judicial districts that are issuing marriage licenses:

COUNTY (DISTRICT)
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Brown (22)
Chase (5)
Cherokee (11)
Clay (21)
Cloud (12)
Cowley (19)
Crawford (11)
Doniphan (22)
Douglas (7)
Harvey (9)
Jewell (12)
Johnson (10)
Labette (11)
Lincoln (12)
Lyon (5)

[ Posted: Monday Nov 24 2014, 8:18 am | More Details...]

Greetings all -

This is a follow-up to our previous breaking news that the Kansas Supreme Court has lifted its stay on marriages in Johnson County. The high points from their order:

- Johnson County may begin issuing marriage licenses to all previous applicants first thing tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

- Johnson County Chief Judge Moriarty was acting within his authority to interpret state law, the state constitution, and the various rulings and orders from the Federal courts, when deciding whether to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

[ Posted: Tuesday Nov 18 2014, 6:36 pm | More Details...]

Moments ago, the Kansas Supreme Court lifted the stay on marriage license issuance in Johnson County. From the order:

"The court orders that its October 10 temporary stay of Chief Judge Moriarty's Amended Administrative Order 14-11 be lifted immediately."

Those couples with applications pending in Johnson County may go pick up their marriage licenses as early as tomorrow.

The order is lengthy, and we are reviewing it now for its impact statewide. More to follow.
[ Posted: Tuesday Nov 18 2014, 5:10 pm | More Details...]

Greetings all -

The Kansas Supreme Court is currently conducing private deliberations on the State v Moriarty case, where Attorney General Schmidt demanded in October that same-sex marriages be stopped.

There will be no hearing, and no oral arguments. We are hoping the court issues an order or ruling today, or at least within the next few days.

Some counties are issuing marriage licenses without waiting for the Kansas court to rule - they consider the US Supreme Court's denial of a stay of Judge Crabtree's ruling enough to proceed. Some counties are accepting applications pending a ruling from our state Supreme Court, while others are refusing to do anything, including accepting applications, unless given a specific order from a higher court.

[ Posted: Monday Nov 17 2014, 12:07 pm | More Details...]

Good morning -

Marriage has broken out across Kansas! Well, in some places. In others, we're going to have to keep up the fight until our rights are fully recognized.

Here's what we know, county by county, about marriage license applications and issuance. If you have solid information about any counties not on this list, or new information about those that are, please email me at witt@eqks.org. As we get more information throughout the day and over the weekend, we'll post it on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EqualityKansas

[ Posted: Friday Nov 14 2014, 9:44 am | More Details...]

Good morning -

Get ready for some bumps along the way to full marriage equality.

Unfortunately, Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt are digging in their heels and vowing to continue the fight against full equality for LGBT couples. Schmidt is trying to make the case the Federal court ruling applies only to Douglas and Sedgwick counties, the homes of the two couples who are part of the ACLU lawsuit.

Here's what we can expect today and in the near-term:

[ Posted: Thursday Nov 13 2014, 7:33 am | More Details...]

The stay has been lifted by the United States Supreme Court. From the order:

"The application for stay presented to Justice Sotomayor and by her referred to the Court is denied. The order heretofore entered by Justice Sotomayor is vacated."

GO GET MARRIED.
[ Posted: Wednesday Nov 12 2014, 4:34 pm | More Details...]

Not quite. We're waiting for the US Supreme Court to decide whether to keep Sotomayor's stay in place, or to lift the stay and let marriages proceed. As of this writing, Wednesday, Nov 12 at 6:40am, that has not yet happened.

Nothing may continue to happen. Something may happen. We don't know. We will put the word out the moment we learn something.
[ Posted: Wednesday Nov 12 2014, 6:44 am | More Details...]

And now this: US Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor has just ordered a new stay on the issuance of marriage licenses in Kansas, granting Attorney General Derek Schmidt his request.

The order is here: https://www.facebook.com/EqualityKansas/photos/a.219742414706143.67146.120348131312239/963745190305858/?l=dfcfe07c25

HOWEVER: She's giving the parties til 5pm Eastern (4pm Central) tomorrow to respond. Given that tomorrow is a legal holiday and courts across the state and nation will be closed, she's clearly in a hurry to resolve the Kansas question as quickly as possible. We could very well still have marriages on Wednesday.

[ Posted: Monday Nov 10 2014, 4:49 pm | More Details...]

Federal District Court judge Daniel Crabtree has just granted an injunction blocking enforcement of the Kansas ban on marriage equality.

HOWEVER: He has stayed his order until 5pm on November 11, pending appeal to the 10th Circuit by the Kansas Attorney General.

Short version: No marriages until November 12 at the earliest.

This is the victory we've been hoping for, but we still have another week, at least, to wait.

More news as it comes in.

[ Posted: Tuesday Nov 4 2014, 2:42 pm | More Details...]

Greetings all -

The hearing before US District Judge Daniel Crabtree concluded just moments ago.

At the conclusion of the proceeding, he stated that he would be issuing a written order "very soon." My understanding of initial reports is that the order may come in a matter of just a few days.

According to our Equality Kansas State Chair, Sandra Meade, the judge extensively questioned the Assistant Attorney General arguing the state's side. Sandra says the judge seemed "incredulous" at times, asking the AG's office how their arguments got "from here to there."

[ Posted: Friday Oct 31 2014, 4:07 pm | More Details...]

Greetings all -

Judge Crabtree has set a hearing in the ACLU's challenge to the marriage ban for Friday, October 31, at 2:30pm. The hearing will be at the Federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

The ACLU is suing on behalf of two couples, one of which has been active in Equality Kansas leadership for many years. On Friday they will be asking the judge to issue an injunction which would block enforcement of the ban in Kansas.

If we're fortunate, that order could be issued directly from the bench at the hearing, but it's just as likely we're going to have to wait a little longer for marriage equality to come to Kansas. It appears to us that the Attorney General's office is using every delaying tactic possible to keep delaying the inevitable.

[ Posted: Wednesday Oct 29 2014, 11:36 am | More Details...]

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