Same Sex Marriage

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?


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.

Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Mar 5, 2014

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.”

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.

A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would permit a third-party to appeal a ruling that says Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Sen. Dan Seum says if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn’s decision that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, his bill would allow others to do so.

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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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. 

Same-sex marriage advocates are celebrating today’s decision requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, but some don’t think it went far enough.