Kentucky Marriage Equality Advances as Judge Strikes Down Ban

Written by scott on July 2nd, 2014

KentuckyKentucky marriage equality took a huge step forward yesterday as a federal judge struck down the state’s ban.

The Courier-Journal reports:

In striking down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Tuesday rejected Gov. Steve Beshear’s argument that the ban is needed because only opposite sex couples can procreate and maintain the state’s birth rate and economy. “These arguments are not those of serious people,” wrote Senior U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II. “Even assuming the state has a legitimate interest in promoting procreation,” Heyburn wrote in a 19-page opinion, its lawyers never explained how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage has “any effect whatsoever on procreation among heterosexual spouses.”

The ruling was immediately stayed, so there will be no same sex weddings in Kentucky for now.

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