Kansas City, Kan.
— — A conservative state senator has introduced legislation that would ban the state’s most recent version of the marriage amendment.
The bill, sponsored by State Senator Todd Young, has been referred to the state House Judiciary Committee for consideration.
It’s a bill that would bar same-gender couples from marrying.
The Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the same-day marriage amendment in June.
In addition, voters in the state approved legalizing gay marriage in 2012 and approved a measure that made Kansas the 19th state to legalize gay marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bans on gay marriage violated the Constitution, but it did not immediately rule on the constitutionality of state laws banning same-person marriage.
In the past year, the Republican-controlled Kansas House has considered legislation to end the state ban on same-sexual marriage.
Young, a Republican, said the new bill would ban same-couples from marrying in the first two months after the measure becomes law.
It would take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Young said his bill was needed to protect people from discrimination and keep families together.
The proposed law would also prohibit religious institutions from receiving state funding to perform same-class marriages.
Young told reporters that the proposal is not a response to the Supreme Court ruling, but was to protect families and the sanctity of marriage.
His proposal was submitted Monday.
The Republican-led Kansas House passed the same marriage bill in the Legislature on July 3, but a House committee rejected it the next day.
It passed the House on June 30, but failed to pass the Senate.
The Senate approved the bill in December.
This is the latest bill to be considered by the Kansas House Judiciary and State Government Committee.
It is the third bill to have been introduced in the House Judiciary committee.
The legislation would allow religious organizations to refuse to perform weddings, and allow people to petition the court to overturn same-same-sex marriages.
It also would prohibit public schools from allowing same-member, same-faculty unions and other same-type relationships.
Young’s bill would not ban same sex couples from being married in Kansas, but would bar them from marrying until they become legally married.
The measure is not likely to pass on its own, but Young said it would put a stop to the practice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.