Marie v. Moser
On October 24, a hearing will be held in Kansas City, KS on the plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order in this case, a federal legal case filed on October 10 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. The case is assigned to Judge Daniel D. Crabtree and was filed on behalf of two same-sex couples seeking to get married in Kansas after one and only one same-sex couple was issued a marriage license in Johnson County, Kansas.
This lawsuit comes after the Supreme Court decision on October 6 to deny review of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in two cases involving the freedom to marry in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for marriage between same-sex couples to begin in those two states. Because these rulings are binding throughout the 10th Circuit, it is likely that Kansas same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry.
Nelson v. Kansas Department of Revenue
On December 30, 2013, private lawyers in Topeka, KS filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of two same-sex couples seeking respect for their out-of-state marriage licenses in Kansas for the purpose of filing their taxes as a married couple.
The lawsuit stems from the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling striking down the core of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the implementation of the ruling by the federal government, which declared that under IRS rules, all legally married couples - regardless of where they live - should file their federal taxes as a married couple. The attorneys in Nelson argue that Kansas' Department of Revenue - and a constitutional amendment in Kansas that restricts marriage to different-sex couples - forbids the couples from filing their state taxes honestly - that they would, in fact, have to lie by checking "single" on their state taxes.
The plaintiffs in the case are Roberta and Julia Woodrick of Lawrence and Michael Nelson and Charles Dedmon of Alma. Both couples were legally married in California.