• Home
  • Supreme Court puts hold on Tuesday expiration of Kansas gay marriage ban

Supreme Court puts hold on Tuesday expiration of Kansas gay marriage ban

Source: 
Lawrence Journal-World
Author: 
Peter Hancock
Date: 
Monday, November 10, 2014

"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday put a hold on a lower-court order that would have opened the door for same-sex couples to get married in Kansas as early as Wednesday.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had requested the stay following a decision last week by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree, who said state court officials in Douglas and Sedgwick counties must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex applicants starting Wednesday.

Schmidt appealed that ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the appellate court on Friday refused to delay Crabtree’s ruling. Schmidt then filed an emergency request with Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from states within the 10th Circuit.

. . . 

Rick Levy, a constitutional law professor at Kansas University, said he thinks it’s unlikely the Supreme Court will delay gay marriage in Kansas much longer.

'The Supreme Court has already allowed judicial orders invalidating these laws to go into effect in other states,' Levy said. 'It’s unclear to me why Kansas would be any different from those other states.'"