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ACLU: Same-Sex Marriage Delay In Kansas Harms LBGT Couples And Their Families

Civil liberties attorneys are telling the U.S. Supreme Court that delaying same-sex marriage in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families.

The American Civil Liberties Union responded to a request from Kansas to the court to maintain the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The state wants to enforce its ban while the federal courts review a lawsuit filed by the ACLU for two lesbian couples.

A federal judge last week ordered the state to stop enforcing its ban as of 5 p.m. CST Tuesday, but Kansas appealed to the nation's highest court.

On Monday, Justice Sonya Sotomayor put the judge's order on hold. Sotomayor directed the ACLU to respond by Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and ten Native American tribal jurisdictions.