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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 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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ACLU files federal lawsuit challenging Kansas same-sex marriage ban

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage on behalf of two couples who were denied marriage licenses last week. The lawsuit filed Friday challenges a state law against gay marriage and a provision added to the state constitution in 2005 prohibiting same-sex marriages.

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Kansas Supreme Court blocks marriage licenses for same-sex couples

| Friday, October 10, 2014
Kelli, left, and Angela pose for a picture after their wedding ceremony at the Johnson County Court House in Olathe, Kan., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Johnson County newlyweds asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy, but did agree to allow a photograph of them after the ceremony to be used. In a statement released through the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, they said they wanted to celebrate privately.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Hours after Kansas' most populous county issued a same-sex marriage license to a couple who quickly wed, the state Supreme Court on Friday blocked the granting of any more such licenses. But the victory for supporters of the Kansas Constitution's ban on gay marriage could be short-lived. The state's highest court signaled...

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Kansas county issues state’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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OLATHE, Kan. -- A court office in Kansas' most populous county issued a marriage license Friday to a gay couple, believed to be the first such license in the state. Liz Dickinson, a member of the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, said she was at the county courthouse Friday when the couple received their license. The Johnson County District Court...

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Same-sex marriage still in limbo in Kansas in all but one county

| Friday, October 10, 2014
Angela Schaefer, left, and partner, Jennifer Schaefer hold an application for a marriage license at the clerk's office at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kan., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. They are due to obtain their license Tuesday, after the weekend and the Columbus Day holiday Monday.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Wedding plans of gay couples across Kansas were in limbo Thursday, with all but one of the state's 105 counties refusing to issue marriage licenses and the American Civil Liberties Union preparing to sue in a bid to overturn the state's ban on same-sex unions. Couples began showing up at county marriage license offices around ...

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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Judge orders Kansas county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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OLATHE, Kan. -- A judge in Kansas' most populous county ordered it Wednesday to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty said his order was meant to avoid confusion about the legal climate surrounding same-sex marriages...

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