John M. Becker

BREAKING: Judge Blocks Kansas Marriage Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 3:55 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Kansas, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Kansas mapU.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has just blocked Kansas from enforcing its marriage discrimination amendment.

The Washington Blade reports:

In an 38-page decision, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree, an Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement on Kansas law prohibiting of marriage rights for same-sex couples. The injunction is warranted, Crabtree writes, because of legal precedent and because state officials defending the law haven't made a sufficient case they would prevail in court.

"Because Kansas' constitution and statutes indeed do what Kitchen forbids, the Court concludes that Kansas' same-sex marriage ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution," Crabtree writes. "Accordingly, the Court grants plaintiffs' request for preliminary relief and enters the injunction described at the end of this Order."

Marriages will not begin immediately, as the order also includes a temporary stay that expires on Tuesday, November 11 at 5 p.m. Central Time (unless the defendants inform the court that they do not intend to appeal). Nonetheless, this is a huge step towards marriage equality in Kansas, as the 10th Circuit's pro-equality ruling in Utah's Kitchen v. Herbert is controlling precedent there.

Same-sex couples in the Sunflower State should soon have the freedom to marry.

A copy of Judge Crabtree's order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

2:14-cv-02518 #29 - ORDER by Equality Case Files

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