Following the lead of other federal judges across the country (Texas a few days ago), A federal judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state….
The Governor and Attorney General or=f the state are Democrats and they have NOT indicated if they will appeal the judgment….
US District Court Judge John G. Heyburn has based his ruling on the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protection of the law from state to state…..
Civil Right for Gays has turned into a issue of basic Civil Rights and judges are increasingly striking down laws discriminating against gays across America….
A federal judge said Wednesday afternoon that he would issue a final order within 24 hours requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
In response, lawyers for the attorney general’s office told U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II at a hearing that the state would “very promptly” decide whether to appeal the order.
Heyburn told lawyers that his final order will not include a stay postponing it from taking effect. “There could be some confusion” among Kentuckians who quickly seek legal benefits stemming from their same-sex marriages, such as joint tax-filing status, if the state appeals 30 days later and delays the implementation of the order or throws its future into question, Heyburn cautioned.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway, both Democrats, are defendants in the lawsuit. Attorneys for the state did not introduce evidence against same-sex marriage while the suit was being argued, limiting the case to issues of law.