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ACLU: Court Needs to Directly Strike Down Kansas Ban

Associated Press - July 15, 2015 3:53 pm

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The American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that a federal court needs to directly strike down the same-sex marriage ban in Kansas in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Its latest filing Tuesday in the ongoing lawsuit opposes the state’s efforts to have the case simply dismissed as moot now that such marriages are recognized. It contends courts across the country have since implemented the Supreme Court’s decision by entering final judgments, not by dismissing cases.

A spokeswoman for the governor did not immediately respond Wednesday to emailed requests seeking comment.

The ACLU argued that neither the state’s governor nor its attorney general has issued any clear directives or statements that the state of Kansas acknowledges the binding effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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