The legal arguments for and against gay marriage bans in Kentucky and three other states are set for hearings this week in Cincinnati’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court will hear oral arguments in six cases to determine whether same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky are constitutional.
Laura Landenwich, attorney for a same-sex couple in Louisville involved in Wednesday’s hearing, is challenging the state’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage.
“What we are seeing with all of these decisions that have come down over the last year, is that once you start looking at the constitutional implications of these bans, they cannot pass constitutional review,” said Landewich.
“Hopefully what we’re going to do is restore rights that should have already been there in the first place.”
A federal judge has twice declared Kentucky’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional
The outcome of tomorrow’s hearing will likely lead to the cases being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.