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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Temporarily Blocks Same-Sex Marriage In Kansas

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has issued an order temporarily blocking same-sex marriage in Kansas.

Sotomayor's order Monday puts a lower-court order clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry on hold indefinitely.

The lower-court order was set to take effect at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Sotomayor acted at the request of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Sotomayor also directed the American Civil Liberties Union to file a response to Schmidt's request by 4 o'clock this afternoon.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit last month for two lesbian couples challenging the state's same sex-marriage ban. It resulted in the lower-court order.

Equality Kansas Executive Director Tom Witt said Sotomayor could quickly reconsider once she receives the response.