A Kansas judge who cleared the way for a gay marriage in the state’s most populous county says he doesn’t regret his action.
But Chief Johnson County District Court Judge Kevin Moriarty says some of his colleagues disagreed with him.
An administrative order from Moriarty led the court clerk’s office issued a marriage license Friday to a gay couple, but hours later, the Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocked additional same-sex marriage licenses.
The Kansas Constitution bans gay marriage. But Moriarty’s order noted the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve similar bans.
With Kansas receiving national attention — and its courts receiving criticism from conservatives — Moriarty responded in a statement Friday.