(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Same-sex marriage may have finally come to America’s heartland.
Declaring a state ban on homosexual nuptials as unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled Tuesday that gay and lesbian couples in Kansas should be free to marry.
However, Crabtree issued a stay on his own injunction until next Tuesday to allow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to appeal, which indicated it would.
The ACLU had challenged the ban by suing the Kansas DHE on behalf of two lesbian couples from Kansas who were denied marriage licenses.
Last month, the Supreme Court said it would not hear the appeals of five states, including Kansas, which sought to keep their bans in place.
More than 30 states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex marriage.
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