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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri and Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas react to same sex marriage

This was a long, interesting story in the Kansas City Star yesterday, reported by Dave Helling. A few quotes:

The legal battle over same-sex marriage may have ended, but its value as a wedge issue remains intact — a fact governors in Kansas and Missouri demonstrated Tuesday.

In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered state boards and agencies to “immediately” implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision protecting same-sex marriage.

A few minutes later, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback ordered agencies in his state to protect clergy from legal complaints if they object to same-sex ceremonies.

The orders — one endorsing the ruling, the other criticizing it — carry debatable impact. Both states have moved slowly but steadily in recent days to issue same-sex marriage licenses and to adopt regulations compatible with that right.

But the conflicting announcements reflect the still-unsettled political climate surrounding the issue and the perceived political advantage from supporting or opposing it. In a CNN poll taken after the ruling, 59 percent of those surveyed supported the decision, while 39 percent opposed it.

Only 2 percent had no opinion.

The Kansas and Missouri orders also suggest coming challenges in merging family law into the reality of same-sex families. Adoption, taxation, divorce and child custody, visitation, grandparents’ rights, pensions and other work benefits — all must now be understood through the prism of legal same-sex marriage and its implications for broader discrimination laws.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 8, 2015 02:18 PM
Posted to Indiana Government