Thursday, February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Now Recognized in KY: Fake Democratic AG Objects

Everybody who still wonders why repug-lite Jack Conway couldn't muster up enough Democratic votes to beat the Tribble-Toupeed One in 2010, stand on your head.

John Cheves at the Herald:

Same-sex marriages performed in other states are legal in Kentucky under a final order issued Thursday by a federal judge in Louisville.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued an order early Thursday afternoon that strikes down portions of a 1998 state law and a 2004 state constitutional amendment defining marriage in Kentucky as between one man and one woman, and that prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

"To the extent (that state laws) deny validly married same-sex couples equal recognition and benefits under Kentucky and federal law, those laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and they are void and unenforceable," Heyburn wrote in his two-sentence order.

Under the ruling, same-sex couples married in other states are now entitled to the legal benefits all other married couples in Kentucky receive, such as the ability to file joint tax returns.

Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Jack Conway asked Heyburn for a stay to delay for 90 days the implementation of his order.
I'm sure Allison Lundergan Grimes has something mushy and meaningless to say, but I really can't be bothered.

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