facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Kentucky ban on same-sex marriages partially struck down

A federal judge ruled Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge has struck down part of Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state must recognize marriages performed in other states.

U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a 23-page decision, ruling the law unfairly treat's Kentucky's gay and lesbian citizens in "a way that demeans them."

The lawsuit, Burke v. Beshear, was brought by four gay and lesbian couples married in other states who sought recognition from Kentucky.

Voters in the Bluegrass State approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004 that included an out-of-state clause.

Heyburn did not say whether Kentucky would have to begin performing same-sex marriages, as the question was not part of the lawsuit.

Kentucky Gay Marriage Decision

Follow @gabbilevy and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Nicki Minaj settles feud with Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg
2
Frances Bean Cobain slams Kendall Jenner on Twitter
3
January Jones appears topless in 'Sweetwater' photos
4
Man stabbed after refusing to change positions during threesome
5
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback