Joseph Lord

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. 

 
Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal.
 
Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood.

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NPR Story
12:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Says

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:21 pm

Update 2 p.m.: An Appeal

Gov. Steve Beshear plans to appeal a federal judge's opinion on Tuesday that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

On the other side, plaintiffs' attorney Dan Canon said he's pleased with the judge's order—even if, unlike other states, an immediate stay was issued preventing same-sex couples from immediately being allowed to marry.

"We’re optimistic that same-sex couples will in the very near future be able to get marriage licenses in Kentucky," Canon told WFPL on Tuesday afternoon.

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Government
9:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Plaintiffs Respond to Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage licenses.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:35 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that same-sex unions harm procreation is a "myopic" view of marriage, argues a response filed on behalf of Kentucky same-sex couples seeking recognition for their out-of-state marriages.

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Sports
4:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Why Hasn't a Racehorse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

California Chrome in Baltimore.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:10 pm

Three racehorses won the Triple Crown in the 1970s, and none have won the ultimate thoroughbred distinction in the subsequent decades.  

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Government
3:15 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout in Kentucky

Voters at Jeffersontown High School in 2012.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 1:08 pm

Today, Kentuckians choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, state legislature, and a host of local offices.

The victors in some of today's primaries are a foregone conclusion, perhaps. But other races—Louisville Metro Council District 9, for example—are quite competitive. Still, state election officials expect less than 30 percent of registered voters to show up to the polls.

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Sports
12:34 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

What You Could Buy With the Amount Kentucky Derby Horses Auctioned For

2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 7:37 am

The Kentucky Derby is American horseracing's most prestigious race, but the $2-million minimum purse surely spices things up for thoroughbred owners with talented 3-year-old horses.

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Sports
12:45 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kentucky Oaks Favorite Untapable Gets Outside Post

Untapable

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:33 pm

  The favorite for Friday's Kentucky Oaks will start the mile and 1/8 race from the outside post.

The post draw was held Tuesday. Untapable will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Fashion Plate, written by Gary Stevens and trained by Simon Callaghan, starts from the seventh position and is the second choice at 6-1.

Post Position

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Government
2:51 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What's Next in the Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit?

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:43 am

So the lawsuit that sought to force Kentucky to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage has been appealed and U.S. District Judge John Heyburn has extended a stay in the case.

What happens next?

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Government
9:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to Appeal Federal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Order

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:06 pm

Update 5 p.m.: Request for Proposal Issued

The state has issued its request for proposal for an attorney to handle the appeal of a federal judge order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Here's the document. 

The proposals are due by noon Friday.

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Government
12:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:32 pm

 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

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Government
9:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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