Jackson County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County Recorder of Deeds began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday after a ruling from the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri.

Licenses were issued at both the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo. and the Truman Courthouse in Independence, Mo.

“Courts are ruling that marriage is a fundamental right of every citizen,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “Given that marriage is such an important right, sound public policy dictates that right be applied uniformly across the state.”

“Marriage affords couples important legal protections, ranging from family leave, the ability to care for or visit a sick spouse, the opportunity to secure inheritances, or file for joint insurance,” Sanders said. “I am pleased that our staff is working expeditiously to accommodate applicants.”

Given the historic nature of this decision, retired Judge Vernon E. Scoville made himself available to perform marriage ceremonies. These ceremonies were conducted in the Legislative Chambers of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City.

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