John M. Becker

Judge Rejects KS Couple's Bid to Intervene in Marriage Case

Filed By John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Christianists, gay marriage, Kansas, marriage equality, Phillip Unruh, privilege tantrum, same-sex marriage, wingnuts

unruhs-kansas-couple.pngA federal judge has blocked a bid by Phillip and Sandra Unruh -- a married, straight, Christian Kansas couple -- to intervene as opponents in the ACLU's challenge to marriage discrimination in that state.

The Unruhs filed a motion in federal court last week asking to be named as intervenors in the case, Marie v. Moser. They claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry is "deeply disturbing," "inflicts profound harm" on them, and is tantamount to a literal theft of their own marriage.

Unsurprisingly, their motion was denied. KCWH reports:

A Harper, Kansas couple is upset after a judge said they can't be a part of a same-sex marriage lawsuit filed earlier this month. The judge claimed they could not be parties in the casebecause their views will be represented. So now, they're writing an amicus brief to have their opinions heard.

"We were disappointed that we weren't allowed to become parties in the court case but we are also excited about the fact that the judge invited us to file an amicus brief which means friend of the court," Phillip Unruh said. "It means the judge has allowed us into the court case and will consider our written arguments."

Unruh has to submit his brief by Tuesday, so stay tuned!

A copy of the judge's denial is after the jump (via Equality Case Files) along with a video report from KCWH.

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