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Judge with key role in Kansas' first LGBT marriage to retire


March 27, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge who played a key role in Kansas's first same-sex marriage has announced his retirement.

The Kansas Office of Judicial Administration says Johnson County District Judge Kevin Moriarty will retire on June 28.

In October 2014, Moriarty ordered the county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans on gay marriage.

Moriarty said at the time that his ruling was meant to avoid confusion about the legal climate surrounding gay marriages. His ruling led to the...

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