Three scenarios for gay marriage in Kansas, depending on Supreme Court ruling

"The Supreme Court is expected to issue a highly anticipated ruling on gay marriage as early as Thursday.

Law professors say the ruling could settle the legal issue of gay marriage nationwide or keep a patchwork of marriage laws across the country.

Gay marriage in Kansas has been in flux since the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in June 2014. That ruling applied to Kansas and overrode the Kansas Marriage Amendment, a ban on gay marriage passed by voters in 2005.

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Courts Budget Intensifies Kansas Dispute Over Powers

"The fight between Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas and the state’s judicial branch has escalated, with the governor last week signing into law a bill that could strip state courts of their funding.

The measure, at the end of a lengthy bill that allocated money for the judiciary this year, stipulates that if a state court strikes down a 2014 law that removed some powers from the State Supreme Court, the judiciary will lose its funding.

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Kansas Lawmakers’ Budget Links Court Funding to Judicial Decision

"A budget advanced by Kansas legislators would eliminate funding for state courts if a judge strikes down a controversial law passed last year.

Republican senators and representatives agreed Monday on a two-year judicial budget that would self-destruct if any court blocks or overturns a 2014 law that stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of some administrative authority, giving local courts control over their own budgets and leadership.

Kansas Schools Fight Plays Out Against Backdrop of Debate on Judiciary

"This state’s judicial and legislative branches are on course for a constitutional clash after a state appellate court suggested that it might block a school financing plan that lawmakers passed.

The plan, championed by the conservative-dominated Legislature and the Republican governor, Sam Brownback, cut tens of millions of dollars in aid intended to close disparities between rich and poor districts.

Recent Kansas school finance actions raise several constitutional questions

"A Kansas University law professor said one result of the new school finance law passed by the Legislature this week could be to halt the ongoing lawsuit over school funding and force the plaintiffs to start over with a new case.

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But he said another possibility is that the battle between the Legislature and the courts could lead to the kind of constitutional crisis that occurred in 2005, when lawmakers initially refused to comply with a Supreme Court order to increase school funding, and the court threatened to close public schools until the Legislature did comply.

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