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The Supreme Court's new term will not include any cases that might decide the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S., a development that comes after many lower and appeals courts have ruled against states' bans on gay marriage. Advocates on both sides of the issue have been calling for the high court to review the issue and make an official ruling.

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on gay marriage means that the appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage can now take effect. They had been on hold pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.

It was a very different time in 2004, politically and socially. George W. Bush was poised to sail into a second term in the White House. Hearings in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial began in earnest. And “Shrek 2” was making millions at the box office.

And Kentucky, along with 10 other states, voted to ban same-sex marriages. 

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are asking a federal judge to deny summary judgment—and an immediate injunction—in a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

In December, Louisville residents Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon asked a federal judge to issue a ruling and implement an injunction against the state's ban on same-sex marriage. On Monday, Beshear and Conway asked the judge to deny Bourke and De Leon's request.

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  Kentucky’s Attorney General’s office said the state's same-sex marriage ban should stand, but that overturning it would grant gay couples the same legal protections as straight couples.  

The state made its defense of the ban today in response to a lawsuit brought by Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon of Louisville, who were married in Canada nine years ago.  Assistant Attorney General Clay Barkley asked the judge to dismiss the case saying the men lack standing to challenge the law.  

Appearing on NPR's "Here and Now" Thursday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his controversial comments equating gay marriage to bestiality are being misinterpreted.

During an interview with radio show host Glenn Beck, the two discussed the high court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and uphold a lower-court's decision that struck down Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.

Beck argued that changing marriage laws allows for new definitions of the institution, such as polygamy.

Paul questioned if lawmakers should use their moral beliefs when drafting bills but went further saying: "And I think this is a conundrum...If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further—does it have to be humans? You know?"

The senator's office said he was being sarcastic.

Paul told NPR the same thing, but added the comments are being misunderstood and that people should listen to the recording again.

"In the interview we were talking about not having laws. We weren't talking about gay marriage. We weren't talking about DOMA," he says. "What we were talking about was whether state government should be involved at all and if there are no state government rules what could potentially happen."

Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Doesn't Affect Kentucky Law

Jun 26, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme's Court ruling Wednesday striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act does not impact Kentucky laws regarding the definition of marriage. Kentucky voters in 2004 approved an amendment to the state constitution defining a marriage as being between one man and one woman.