same sex marriage

The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Monday that would protect churches and ministers from being sued if they refused to perform or host a same-sex marriage.

A panel of House lawmakers discussed a proposal to change how marriage licenses are issued in Texas, giving that power to one appointed official.

State government agencies under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s direction aren’t yet changing their policies on recognizing marriages.

Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, says gay marriage is legal in the state now, but same sex couples can't be sure their unions will remain so.

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Because of the standard waiting period in Kansas, Monday was the first day many same sex couples would be eligible to get married. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reported about two hundred people were present for the first same sex wedding at a Lawrence church.  Gerlado Sousa and David Bergeron were married by Reverend Peter Luckey.

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The Texas and Oklahoma National Guard is now complying with an order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that requires state National Guard units to process federal marriage benefits for same sex spouses of guardsmen according to the New York Times.