Gov. Steve Beshear, a Republican, immediately announced an outside lawyer will handle the appeal, the (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported. Beshear's office sent out an email soon after Conway, a Democrat, appearing close to tears, said he could not defend discrimination and that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II "got it right."
"It's about placing people over politics," Conway said in his Frankfort office.
Heyburn on Friday gave Kentucky 20 days to implement his decision, rejecting the state's request for a 90-day stay. He has ruled both that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
Beshear, in his email, said the outside lawyer would ask for a stay while the appeal is being considered as well as file the appeal.