A federal judge in Kansas today struck down the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, according to ACLU LGBT Project.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, chose to release his ruling on Election Day in which Kansas voters are deciding important elections for Governor and U.S. Senate.
Kansas is part of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has ruled that gay-marriage bans are unconstitutional in states under its jurisdiction. Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court were ignored, meaning the appeals court ruling is the law of the lane. Kansas is the last state in the 10th Circuit to come into compliance. And Kansas will become the 33rd state where marriage equality is legal.
Judge Crabtree also issued a preliminary injunction against state officials who might try to enforce the state's ban on marriage between same-sex couples. But gay weddings cannot begin before 5 pm Kansas time on Tuesday, Nov. 11 -- or earlier, if the state decides not to appeal the ruling.
Evan Wolfson, president of the Freedom to Marriage organization, tweeted: "Federal judge rules for the @freedomtomarry in #Kansas. We're winning, & even Kansas is not in Kansas any more...but need to #finishthejob"
Kansans are very unhappy with Gov. Sam Brownback, the far-right Republican who has bankrupted the state and cut services, due to his massive tax cuts. Democrat's candidate Paul Davis has been endorsed by dozens of prominent Republicans who are fed up with Brownback. And longtime Sen. Pat Roberts, who is a token resident of Kansas by virtue of renting a room from one of his longtime Republican supporters, faces a tough re-election battle against Independent candidate Greg Orman. The Democrat in the race dropped out when it was clear he was out of the running and that by uniting behind the Independent, progressives might be able to oust the conservative Senator.