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Federal Judge Rules Kansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage supporters in California.  

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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Kansas to stop enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, because the law violates gay couples’ constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree granted a preliminary injunction but put a hold on the ruling until Nov. 11 in order to give the state the chance to appeal.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the state “will promptly appeal,” according to the Kansas City Star. “The ACLU sued to overturn Kansas’ ban after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five states seeking to save their bans on same-sex marriages,” the Associated Press reports. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses.