KANSAS CITY, MO – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders responded today to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling on marriage equality.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has seen this issue for what it truly is, a civil rights issue. I applaud today’s decision and look forward to our residents being able to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation. The words of Justice Anthony Kennedy that “a same-sex couple may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them” remind us that while the battle for freedom and equality continues, today we achieved a historic victory.”
Jackson County is already issuing licenses for same-gender couples to marry, and will continue to do so. Licenses may be obtained Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 at either the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City or the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence.
The County has issued licenses for same-gender couples since November 7, 2014 and has issued 260 such licenses, representing about seven percent of the total marriage licenses issued.