Same-Sex Marriage

5:17 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Murray Couple Receives City's First Same-Sex Marriage License

Stephen and Richard Reed hold their marriage license
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Moments after the Supreme Court decision declaring all 5o states must recognize same-sex marriage, Stephen and Richard Reed of Murray filed for their license after waiting 13 years. Nicole Erwin spoke with Stephen on the historic day. 

"We had even talked about going to a state that had already made it legal," said Stephen. "But then we decided that since we lived in Kentucky we would wait until Kentucky legalized it." 

He says he was with Richard at work when the news came down. They decided then to get their marriage license paperwork sorted out with the Calloway County Clerk's Office. 

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4:56 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Murray Human Rights Commission Chair Talks Supreme Court Ruling

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Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in the U.S. ended the debate on its legality, but Murray Human Rights Commission chair and Murray State University LGBT coordinator Jody Cofer Randall says the conversation only just started on the possible consequences same-sex couples could face, like how the decision will impact other issues like parenting.

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12:09 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Gov. Steve Beshear: Kentucky Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Starting Today

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  Update 12:40 p.m.: Beshear’s Full Statement

Here’s Beshear’s full statement:

“The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided. That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.

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9:10 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
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Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 3:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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1:09 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Beshear: State Agencies Should Prepare for Gay Marriage Ruling

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With a Supreme Court decision expected any day now, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says state agencies are making preparations should the justices vote to allow gay marriage.

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9:27 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

The Supreme Court has denied petitions to review same-sex marriage cases in several states, including Utah. In January, supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City.
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Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:15 pm

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.

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8:39 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Kentucky and 3 Other States Get Unprecendented Appeals Hearing

Timothy Love, left, and Larry Ysunza are one of the couples from Kentucky challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 4:01 pm

CINCINNATI—In oral arguments Wednesday before a federal appeals court, Gov. Steve Beshear's attorney re-emphasized a stance that same-sex should not be allowed because the couples cannot procreate, raising issues for Kentucky's population growth and economy.

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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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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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11:51 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Federal Judge Rules

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:20 am

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and the ruling may prelude further strikes against the state's 2004 same-sex marriage ban.

District Judge John G. Heyburn wrote that refusing to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state violates the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause.

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