Kansas governor headlines anti-gay marriage rally in Wichita

Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) Staff Reports

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 100 people gathered in the parking lot of a local church for what organizers said was “a standing for the American family and traditional marriage,” reports KSN-TV.

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“70-percent of Kansans voted to put in your constitution that marriage is the definition of a man and a woman,” said Brownback.

Other officials took to the podium, including U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.): “If we lose the battle you will have to accept the view that marriage can be anything three judges say it is.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court to order Kansas to allow same-sex couples, saying it is bound by a 10th Circut Court of Appeals ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma. That ruling led to the fall of gay marriage bans in Colorado and Wyoming.

Kansas is the only state under the jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit that is still enforcing a same-sex marriage ban.

KSN-TV has more on Saturday’s rally:

Last week, the state’s most populous county issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple who quickly wed after a judge in Johnson County directed clerks to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples. The state Supreme Court quickly blocked the granting of any more such licenses.

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