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Gay marriage now legal in Kansas

Source: 
Lawrence Journal-World
Author: 
Peter Hancock
Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday authorized same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas, lifting the stay one justice had granted on an order from a district court in Kansas City, Kan.

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The order, however, does not necessarily end the legal battle in Kansas. It merely lifts the stay that had been placed on a temporary injunction issued last week by U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree, ordering court clerks in Douglas and Sedgwick counties to begin processing same-sex marriage applications even though the laws banning such marriages are technically still in effect.

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But Kansas University constitutional law professor Rick Levy said he thinks the Supreme Court’s order can be applied statewide.

'I think that if Judge Crabtree’s order means Kansas constitutional and statutory provisions violate the equal protection clause, those provisions are void,' Levy said. 'And if they’re void because they’re unconstitutional, then they’re void not only for the judges that were directly subject to the order but also for every other judge in the state.'"