Kansas same-sex marriage hearing cancelled, judge may rule or reschedule


TOPEKA, Kan. — An American Civil Liberties Union attorney says a federal judge in Kansas has canceled a hearing scheduled Friday in the group’s lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

KansasACLU attorney Doug Bonney said U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree is considering whether to reschedule the oral arguments or decide the case based on the parties’ written arguments.

Bonney said he told Crabtree during a 30-minute conference Thursday that the ACLU did not have time to review the state’s written response to the lawsuit because it had just been filed.

The ACLU filed its lawsuit for two lesbian couples denied marriage licenses in Douglas and Sedgwick counties.

The couples sought the licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five other states seeking to preserve gay-marriage bans.

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