Same-sex marriage (SSM) in Kentucky, the bluegrass state.
1972 to now:
The path towards legalizing same-
Kentucky via the federal and state courts.
- 1972: Two women attempted to marry, were refused a marriage license, and filed a law suit seeking the right to marry. It failed.
- 1998: The Legislature passed a defense of marriage act, banning same-sex marriages in state & recognition of out of state marriages.
- 2004: Voters passed an amendment to the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.
- 2013-JUL: A gay couple filed a lawsuit Bourke vs. Beshear in federal District Court seeking recognition of their out-of-state marriage in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada about a decade earlier. They were later joined by other married, same-sex plaintiffs.
- 2014-FEB: Judge Heyburn issued a memorandum opinion, and later a ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize of out-of-state same-sex marriages. Ruling is stayed. Two unmarried couples ask to join the lawsuit seeking permission to marry in Kentucky for themselves and other same-sex couples. They are accepted and the case is renamed Love v. Beshear.
- 2014-JUN: The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled a hearing for the District Court case.
- 2014-JUL: District Court Judge John Heyburn issues a ruling in Love v. Beshear, affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry in Kentucky. Ruling is stayed pending appeal.
Topics covered in this section:
- Bourke v. Beshear case (later renamed "Love v. Beshear"):
Recognition in Kentucky of both out-of-state and in-state same-sex marriages:
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Copyright © 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2014-FEB-16
Latest update: 2014-JUL-08
Author: B.A. Robinson