First same-sex couple marries in Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) — At last LuAnn Lewis and Bridgett Wilson were able to celebrate their love and commitment to each other with a* legal marriage.

“It’s been exciting, all day today,” said Bridgett Wilson

“It’s been a little overwhelming. I’m just glad that it is legal in the state of Kansas,” said LuAnn Lewis.

Marriage barriers are coming down for same-sex couples across most of the state — but there is still one legal barrier that prevents all of Kansas from uniting, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Until the higher court decides what to do with same-sex marriage in Kansas and across the country, this gray-cloud hovers over every same-sex couples.

“It’s making people feel uncertain about whether if they can come forward and take advantage of this,” said Pastor Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church.

Part of that is due to fact that unless employed by the federal government, same-sex couples have no access to each other’s health records or benefits.

“And if this couple, if one of them had to go to the hospital today and had not gotten this legalized they might have had a hard time of getting access to each other,” said Pastor Oglesby-Dunegan.

They’re also denied the right to make important decision in a case of sickness or death.

“We are related now,” said Lewis

Butler, Elk and Greenwood county still will not issue licenses. Judge David Ricke says licenses will be denied until a binding court order that “clearly and unequivocally” request that they be issued.

Those here in Topeka say…

“I think Kansas needs to get with the program,” said Pastor Oglesby-Dunegan.

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