USA, Kentucky: Judge Partially Strikes Down Ban on Marriage Equality

Written by scott on February 27th, 2014

KentuckyUpdate – looks like the order forces KY to recognize marriage for other states. His ruling on the constitutionality of the ban itself is still pending – due in a few months.

Another red state sees its gay marriage ban struck down. More info here.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge has issued an order requiring the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn on Thursday made final a ruling issued earlier this month in which he found that Kentucky’s marriage amendment and statutes violate the right to equal protection under the law. “Those laws … are void and unenforceable,” he said in a one page order.

What about a stay?

Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Jack Conway asked Heyburn to stay enforcement of his ruling while the state considers whether it will appeal, but Heyburn did not address that motion and for now his ruling goes into effect.

The ruling affects only the recognition of marriage from other states. Another hearing will occur in a few months on striking down the ban itself.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Kentucky.


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