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After the Supreme Court Wednesday refused to put on hold an order striking down Kansas's ban on same-sex marriage, couples throughout the state began applying for marriage licenses.
In some counties, officials even waived a state-mandated three-day waiting period between the application and issuance of a marriage license.
Although Republican governor Sam Brownback promised Thursday to continue fighting the arrival of marriage equality in the Sunflower State, by Friday, Republican attorney general Derek Schmidt said that he would leave it to the Kansas Supreme Court to decide how to implement federal district judge Daniel Crabtree's pro-equality ruling earlier this month, notes statewide LGBT organization Equality Kansas.
That guidance will likely follow a Monday hearing in the state's Supreme Court regarding a separate case where the state sued Johnson County judge Kevin Moriarty for ordering clerks in the state's most populous county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in October, before Crabtree's ruling.
There are, however, some counties that have yet to make the jump to Technicolor and embrace marriage equality. Equality Kansas is keeping track of which counties are issuing licenses, which are accepting applications but awaiting further instruction to issue licenses, and which are outright refusing marriage applications from same-sex couples. Check Equality Kansas's Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates on the state of equality in Kansas.
And in the meantime, enjoy these heartwarming photos of same-sex couples who are finally free to marry in their home state:
\u201cAngela Robinson, left, and Anne Steward fill out a marriage license together in #Kansas. @KansanNews\u201d— George Mullinix (@George Mullinix) 1415908966
\u201cVicki Buchanan, back, and Angie Crowley, wait for marriage license to be processed. https://t.co/lAwjcNw6hL #kansas\u201d— Nick Krug (@Nick Krug) 1415898149
\u201cPlymouth Cong. Church announced it's support of marriage equality in Kansas. More tonight at 6pm on @6NewsLawrence\u201d— Amina Smith (@Amina Smith) 1415902464
\u201cTwo years later their marriage is official in KS! Thanks for celebrating w//us, CONGRATS! #marriageequality\u201d— \u00c7a Va (@\u00c7a Va) 1415922736
\u201cAngie Crowley & Vicki Buchanan embrace ech other after their wedding inside the Douglas County Courthouse in #Kansas.\u201d— George Mullinix (@George Mullinix) 1415921382
\u201cKANSAS: Marriages Commence In Four Counties As State Continues Fight\n\nhttps://t.co/EZBVo7KmIY\u201d— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) 1415910269