Federal Judge Overturns Homosexual Marriage Ban in Kansas

A wedding cake celebrates the first same-sex couple in Kansas, who were married Oct. 10, 2014, in Johnson County. (Photo: Brad Cooper, The Kansas City Star, AP)
A wedding cake celebrates the first same-sex couple in Kansas, who were married Oct. 10, 2014, in Johnson County.
(Photo: Brad Cooper, The Kansas City Star, AP)

A federal judge Tuesday blocked Kansas from enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, but he delayed the injunction for a week to allow an appeal.

The action follows last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand lower-court rulings that declared such prohibitions unconstitutional.

In his 38-page opinion, U.S. District Court judge Daniel Crabtree ruled that the Kansas ban likewise violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

He ruled on a lawsuit that two lesbian couples filed last month on the day the state’s first same-sex marriage licenses were issued before the Kansas Supreme Court stepped in and called a halt.

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Source: USA Today | Michael Winter