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Kansas is the 34th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861. Its capital city is Topeka, its largest city is Wichita, and largest metropolitan area is Kansas City.

LGBT Rights in Kansas: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions was approved by voters in April 2005. State law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in government employment. only. Kansas's hate crimes law covers hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not gender identity.

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Federal judge schedules new hearing in challenge to Kansas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge has rescheduled a hearing for arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has scheduled a hearing for Friday, Oct. 31, at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. A previous hearing scheduled for Oct. 24 was cancelled.

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Westboro Baptist Church seeks to defend Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 27, 2014
Westboro Baptist Church members demonstrate against gay rights
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” demonstrations, is seeking to intervene as defendants in a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.

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Campaign underway to oust Kansas judge who allowed gay marriage licenses

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Johnson County, Kan., Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty
LOUISBURG, Kan. -- The husband of a state senator from northeast Kansas has begun a campaign to oust a trial judge who ordered a court clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Brian Baumgardner announced the campaign against Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty on Friday, accusing him in ...

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Judge nixes opposite-sex couple’s bid to intervene in Kansas gay marriage case

Friday, October 24, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has spurned an effort by a heterosexual couple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Kansas ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled Friday that Harper, Kan., attorney Phillip Unruh and his wife Sandra, have no legal right to join the lawsuit ...

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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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.

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Three states continue to deny same-sex marriage despite appellate court rulings

Thursday, October 23, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
WASHINGTON -- Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Even as officials in other states have abandoned defense of gay marriage bans, Kansas, Montana and South Carolina...

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Federal judge sets hearing on request to strike down Kansas gay marriage ban

Monday, October 20, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has set a hearing this week to hear arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has scheduled a hearing for Friday at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Kansas governor headlines anti-gay marriage rally in Wichita

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday headlined a rally in Wichita that brought out dozens of speakers, all of whom oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in Kansas. More than one hundred people gathered in the parking lot of a local church. Organizers said the rally was “a standing for the American family and traditional...

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that effectively legalized same-sex marriage ...

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ACLU seeks court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex marriages

Monday, October 13, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal court order to force Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry as the group challenges the state constitution's ban on gay marriage. The ACLU filed its request Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, only three days after it filed a lawsuit in Wichita and...

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