Kansas AG files suit on same-sex marriage issue

The Kansas attorney general announced today he is filing suit on the same-sex marriage license issue in Kansas.

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from five states that wanted to retain a ban on same-sex marriage, leading to several same-sex weddings throughout the nation, including one in Johnson County, Kan., on Friday.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release that he is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to provide clarity on what procedure state district courts must use in handling applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.

In a response, Thomas Witt, executive director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, issued this statement:

“Sam Brownback and Attorney General Schmidt need to stop playing election year politics with people’s lives and allow these legal marriages to proceed. The federal courts have ruled, and we all know how this will end. Delaying the inevitable is a waste of time and taxpayer money, and a gross injustice to LGBT Kansans and their families.”

Kansas Attorney General Schmidt’s statement:
“On Wednesday afternoon, the chief judge of the District Court of Johnson County declared a provision of the Kansas Constitution invalid and ordered the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of Kansas law as it currently exists. No lawsuit was pending that asked the Judge to evaluate current Kansas law, and there was no opportunity for the State of Kansas or anybody else to challenge or even have input into the Judge’s administrative order before it was issued. This is not a proper way to determine whether a provision of the Kansas Constitution remains in force and effect.

“The Johnson County Court’s decision is an outlier. Numerous other Kansas courts have concluded, as I have, that the law in Kansas remains unchanged and same-sex marriage remains unlawful unless and until a court of competent jurisdiction, deciding a properly presented case or controversy, holds otherwise as a matter of federal constitutional law. Because that has not happened, I have concluded the judge’s decision to order the issuance of licenses is unlawful and I now have no choice but to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to set it aside.

“Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court declining, for now, to settle the dispute about whether the U.S. Constitution renders state-law prohibitions on same-sex marriage unenforceable has caused considerable confusion and legal uncertainty in Kansas and other states. This confusion was compounded when only two days later Justice Kennedy issued a stay halting same-sex marriages in Idaho. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to refuse to consider the pending appeals has resulted in an inconsistent patchwork of how the U.S. Constitution is to be applied in different states throughout our country. In Kansas, the confusion and uncertainty have been made worse by this outlier decision that effectively renders the Constitution’s meaning different from county to county.

“The situation is needlessly uncertain, is untenable and is unfair to all interested parties. Therefore, I have asked the Kansas Supreme Court to step in and put a halt to the actions in Johnson County so that this important legal dispute can be settled in an orderly manner, with all the processes and safeguards afforded in litigation, that provides legal clarity and certainty to all involved.

”I am a strong advocate for an orderly resolution of this dispute in a way that can be accepted as legally correct and that allows the state to defend its Constitutional provision and its laws.”

Gov. Sam Brownback, in a news release, stated: “I swore an oath to support the Constitution of the state of Kansas. An overwhelming majority of Kansas voters amended the Constitution to include a definition of marriage as one man and one woman. Activist judges should not overrule the people of Kansas.”

Kansas City, Kan., police reports

Sept. 17
Burglary, criminal damage, 2400 block of North 84th, television, BluRay player, glass, $800 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1200 block of Douglas, business, garage doors, metal – copper wire, $8,000 value.
Burglary, 6200 block of Oak Grove Road, three guns, gun safe, cash, $1,650 value.
Aggravated burglary, criminal damage, 1400 block of Fairfax Trafficway, copper pipe, window hinges, $2,050 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 7300 block of State, currency, $3,488 value.
Criminal damage, 7300 block of Douglas, business, driveway gate, fence, $4,500 value.
Theft, 400 block of Armstrong, Ford pickup, $1,000 value.
Theft, 2400 block of South 49th Terrace, vehicle, $1,100 value.
Theft, 1700 block of North 73rd Terrace, Dodge Caravan, $3,000 value.

Sept. 16
Burglary to auto, 3100 block of North 107th, miscellaneous papers, $50 value.
Theft, shoplifting, 1800 block of Village West Parkway, store, eight purses, $1,000 value.

Sept. 14
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 600 block of Kansas, business, window, $60 value.

Sept. 12

Theft, 2200 block of Troup, dirt bike, $1,500 value.

Sept. 11
Burglary, criminal damage, 2400 block of South 50th, six power tools, jewelry, sports memorabilia, $2,400 value.

Sept. 2
Burglary, criminal damage, 900 block of Minnesota Avenue, two condensers, four air handlers, miscellaneous equipment, $13,000 value.
Theft, 3900 block of Rainbow Boulevard, computer, $1,500 value.

Aug. 25
Theft, 1200 block of Scott Avenue, vehicle, $1,200 value.

Playoff berth in sight with win Friday night at Sporting Park

Sporting Kansas City controls their own playoff destiny on Friday night as they play host to Eastern Conference rivals, the Chicago Fire at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

With a victory over Chicago, Sporting KC will clinch a spot in the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs. Kickoff at Sporting Park is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets still remain for Friday’s match. Fans can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com or the Sporting Park box offices on gameday.

Sporting Kansas City enters the weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the New England Revolution and six points behind D.C. United. The Chicago Fire visit Sporting Park in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with only 33 points from 31 matches. Chicago has the fewest wins (five) and second fewest losses (eight) in MLS this year, but was eliminated from playoff contention after last weekend’s 0-0 draw at home to the Montreal Impact.

Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire are both coming off scoreless draws. Sporting KC secured a point on the road against Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United at RFK Stadium last weekend. Meanwhile, the Chicago Fire set an MLS record with their 18th draw of the season last weekend vs. Montreal.

Chicago has lost just once in five trips to Sporting Park since 2011, holding a 25-12-11 advantage in the all-time series but has secured just two wins in 15 road games this season. Sporting KC is undefeated in 11 straight regular season games played during the month of October dating back to 2011 (6-0-5).

Friday marks the third meeting between Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire this season. The Fire defeated Sporting KC 2-1 on May 18 at Toyota Park, while the two teams drew 1-1 on July 6 at Sporting Park. Third-year forward Dom Dwyer has scored both of Sporting KC’s goals against the Fire this season and is second in the League for goals scored in 2014 with 20 behind only New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (24).

Sporting Kansas City will be without defender Seth Sinovic as he serves his mandatory one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation and midfielder Jorge Claros who’s with Honduras for a pair of international friendlies. Chicago will be without Benji Joya who is with the United States U-23 national team, 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee who suffered a season ending injury in August and defender Gonzalo Segares who will miss Friday’s game due to yellow card accumulation.
– Story from Sporting KC