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Full court won’t take up Kansas marriage ban

Schmidt
Schmidt

Kansas struck out again trying to defend its ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney General Derek Schmidt had requested that all 12 members of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, instead of the typical three-judge panel, decide whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. The court denied the request Tuesday, stating that none of the 12 judges supported Schmidt’s request. Earlier this year, the 10th Circuit overturned same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma similar to Kansas’. Last month the 10th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court denied requests from Schmidt to put on hold a lower-court injunction preventing the state from enforcing its marriage ban. – Phillip Brownlee

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