Federal court hearing on Kansas marriage ban set for today

The Associated Press

A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

The hearing this afternoon (Oct. 31) before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU’s request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit for two lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses in Douglas and Sedgwick counties after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five other states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans.

The ACLU is seeking a temporary injunction to bring Kansas into line with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals precedents in other cases.

Kansas voters in 2005 overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage.