US: Supreme Court denies stay on same-sex weddings in Kansas
The US Supreme Court has denied a request from Kansas state officials to issue a halt on same-sex weddings.
US District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled last week that the states’s ban on equal marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt had recently asked the Supreme Court to halt same-sex weddings, which began to take place statewide on Tuesday.
However, in a brief order on Wednesday, seven justices voted to allow the federal court’s ruling to go into effect, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voting to leave the stay in place.
The first same-sex weddings took place in Kansas last month, just 60 miles down the road from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, after a ruling affecting only one county.
The notoriously homophobic Church has filed a bizarre legal brief against equal marriage, claiming: “If this Court requires Kansas officials to treat what God has called abominable as something to be respected, revered, and blessed with the seal-of-approval of the government, that will cross a final line with God.
“The harm that will befall this state, when the condign destructive wrath of God pours out on Kansans is the ultimate harm to the health, welfare and safety of the people.
“The description of the utter annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah and three nearby cities is stark, and directly tied to homosexuality.”
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