Kansas watches high court justice on gay marriage

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A civil liberties group is drafting a response to an order from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor that blocks gay marriage in Kansas.

Sotomayor put a hold on a federal judge’s ruling that would have allowed same-sex unions in the state starting at 5 p.m. CST Tuesday.

That injunction came in a lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union. Kansas wants to enforce its ban while the lawsuit is reviewed.

Sotomayor directed the ACLU to respond Tuesday. The group expects that to be ready ahead of an afternoon deadline.

Gay rights advocates and state officials say even if Sotomayor clears the way for gay marriages in this case, it’s not clear how it would affect a separate case on the issue before the Kansas Supreme Court.

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