Same Sex Marriage Ban

3:52 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

NPR's Nina Totenberg Explains Supreme Court Challenge to Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon on a challenge to Kentucky’s and three other states’ gay marriage bans.  The outcome is expected to settle the national issue of gay marriage.  

NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has been following the issue as it moves through the court system.

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1:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Both Sides of Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Cases Push for Supreme Court Review

Steve Beshear

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:08 pm

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed his support for the request that the U.S. Supreme Court consider the state's same-sex marriage cases.

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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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11:16 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Fight to Allow or Prevent Same Sex Marriages Continues This Week for KY and TN

Credit Ludovic Bertron, Wikimedia Commons

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.

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8:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Two Days Later, World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

Aid packages labled 'World Vision' for the victims of typhoon 'Haiyan' in the Philippines are loaded into a Lufthansa aircraft at Frankfurt International Airport in Germany.
Fredrik Von Erichsen DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 6:49 pm

World Vision U.S. changed course on Wednesday, saying it would return to its policy of not hiring Christians in gay marriages.

The Washington-state-based charity caused an uproar among its supporters when it announced on Monday that based on the changes many churches were making, it would allow the hiring of avowed Christians who had been legally married to someone of the same sex.

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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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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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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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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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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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