John M. Becker

Kentucky Judge Places Hold on Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed By John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

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

kentucky-map.jpgThe same Kentucky judge who partially struck down that state's marriage ban -- the clause forbidding the recognition of valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere -- put a stay on his own ruling today while the appeals process works itself out.

The Associated Press has the story:

A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, saying doing so will allow the law to become settled without causing confusion or granting rights only to have them taken away.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of Louisville said in a four-page order that it is "best that these momentous changes occur upon full review" rather than being implemented too soon or causing confusing changes.

"That does not serve anyone well," said Heyburn, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

"Perhaps it is difficult for plaintiffs to understand how rights won can be delayed," Heyburn added. "It is a truth that our judicial system can act with stunning quickness, as this court has; and then with maddening slowness. One judge may decide a case, but ultimately others have a final say."

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