A federal judge for the second time has refused to allow Westboro Baptist Church to intervene in a case challenging Kansas' ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree first denied Westboro's request in November. He said the church could file an amicus brief.

After plaintiffs amended their complaint to add six new plaintiffs and name three new defendants, Westboro submitted a second request.

Westboro argues that plaintiffs eventually “will include claims that the government should require all churches to marry them upon demand” and, therefore, “WBC is entitled to assert its interests to be protected from being forced to participate in this soul-crushing nation-destroying state-bankrupting sin.”

The church also argues that its religious-based interests are not being represented in the defense mounted by the state.

“Based on the case's current state, the Court finds that existing defendants who seek to uphold Kansas same-sex marriage and recognition bans adequately represent WBC's interest on the issues currently before the Court,” Crabtree said in his 9-page ruling.

Kansas became the 33rd state to allow gay couples to marry after the Supreme Court last month refused to delay implementation of Crabtree's ruling striking down the state's restrictive marriage ban. Officials, however, have appealed the ruling and only a handful of counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Crabtree dismissed a similar request to intervene in the case by a straight couple who claimed that allowing gay couples to marry would be tantamount to seizing their marriage property.

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)