The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kansas on Wednesday, but couples can marry in only some of the state’s 105 counties right now.
“There’s a lot of frustration and impatience,” Thomas Witt, executive director for Equality Kansas, told The Washington Post.
Witt said he knows of at least six counties issuing marriage licenses. Others are accepting applications but refusing to issue licenses, while others are refusing to accept applications altogether.
Jennifer Rapp, a spokesperson for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said his office has asked the Kansas Supreme Court “to provide further guidance to the district courts in light of the federal preliminary injunction.”
“We are awaiting a decision on this case,” Rapp said in an email.
Schmidt suggested earlier this month in a statement that a decision in the case applied to Douglas and Sedgwick counties, where two lesbian couples were denied marriage licenses.
“I think the Kansas attorney general has abdicated his responsibilities,” Witt said. “If anybody is causing chaos and confusion … it’s the Kansas attorney general.”
Doug Bonney, legal director of the ACLU Foundation of Kansas, said the group reads the Supreme Court decision as a clear ruling that the state must stop enforcing its marriage ban on same-sex marriages.
“It is our expectation that the attorney general and all other Kansas officials will — like their counterparts in Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming — stop enforcing the marriage bans now that the stay has been lifted and the district court’s injunction is in effect,” he said.
This post has been updated with comment from the Kansas attorney general’s office.