John M. Becker

Kentucky AG Won't Defend State Marriage Ban; Gov. Hires Outside Counsel

Filed By John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Kentucky, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, marriage recognition, same-sex marriage

jack-conway-kentucky.jpgThere's a lot of action on the marriage equality front in Kentucky this morning.

First, Attorney General Jack Conway (left), a Democrat, announced that he will not appeal a federal court order requiring the state to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

At a press conference announcing his decision, Conway said that if he appealed, "I would be defending discrimination. That I will not do."


But just moments later, Democratic Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said that the state will hire outside attorneys to defend marriage discrimination in the Bluegrass State, using taxpayer funds to advocate for continued unequal treatment of same-sex couples.

The moves come just days after U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn gave the state three weeks to comply with a February order partially striking down the state's marriage equality ban.

A separate lawsuit seeking to compel the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is reportedly pending before the very same judge. Heyburn expects to issue an opinion in that case by summer.

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