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Kentucky was one of 13 states where same-sex marriage bans were overturned by a landmark Supreme Court decision on Friday.

In Kentucky, an estimated 57 percent of the population still disapproves of same sex marriage, according to a May poll.

With that, state lawmakers and other leaders cautiously responded Friday to the ruling and moved forward with implementing its ramifications. 

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Oral arguments have ended in a federal appeals court in Cincinnati, where judges heard challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky and three other states.

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Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law.

Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.

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Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky.

In an emotional press conference yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.”

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports a federal judge's opinion that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Stumbo doesn't think it will affect House elections this fall, where Democrats will defend a narrow 8-seat majority over Republicans.

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. 

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If a federal judge's ruling goes into effect, businesses that sell liquor in Kentucky may see increased competition — and those businesses are encouraging legislators to act before an appeals  decision comes down.