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US: Officials in three states refuse to perform same-sex marriages despite ruling

Joseph McCormick October 23, 2014
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Despite a ruling to strike down their same-sex marriage bans, officials in three US states are refusing to issue marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples.

Federal apeals courts recently ruled that Kansas, Montana and South Carolina’s bans on same-sex couples marrying were unconstitutional.

Despite this, officials are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples without a court order specifically instructing them to do so.

The Governor of Kansas has already vowed to defend the state’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as specifically between one man and one woman.

It could take at least another month to have the issue of whether or not all officials should issue the licences settled.

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