Bourke v. Beshear

Bourke v. Beshear is a federal court challenge to Kentucky's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed July 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The plaintiffs are four same-sex couples seeking state recognition of their out-of-state marriages.

On Feb. 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down part of the gay marriage ban, ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The ruling only required Kentucky to recognize such marriages, and does not deal with the question of whether the state can be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as that issue wasn’t brought up in the lawsuits.

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Kentucky

Ky. recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages put on hold

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II

Judge considers whether to issue stay in Ky. same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, March 17, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is weighing whether to allow his order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries or put the issue on hold pending an appeal by Gov. Steve Beshear. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Ky. governor asks for delay in same-sex marriage ruling while he appeals

Friday, March 14, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday asked a federal judge to delay the effective date of his ruling allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages while he appeals the case. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Ky. governor hires private law firm to defend same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 13, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed a $100,000 contract with a private law firm from Ashland to represent him in appealing a judge's decision allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Ky. governor to hire outside counsel to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries after the attorney general announced that he would not pursue the case further. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)

Ky. AG won’t appeal ruling that state recognize same-sex marriages

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's attorney general says he won't appeal an order to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries and will allow a judge's order to take effect March 20. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II

Federal judge issues order requiring Ky. to recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 27, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge has issued an order requiring the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. [ Read more → ]
Brett Barrouquere, APMichael De Leon (left) and Gregory Bourke.

Final order expected in Ky. same-sex marriage case

Thursday, February 27, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Attorneys for gay couples seeking formal recognition of their out-of-state marriages say a federal judge is expected to sign a final order in the case by the end of the week. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Federal judge asked to note Ky. gay marriage ruling in considering Va. case

Thursday, February 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va.- The Virginia Attorney General's Office wants a federal judge to take note of a recent ruling in Kentucky that said the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. [ Read more → ]
Kentucky

Judge: Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, part of an unprecedented barrage of marriage equality lawsuits in states where voters have overwhelmingly opposed recognition of gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II

Federal judge weighing challenge to Ky. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge in Louisville is weighing the fate of Kentucky's ban on same sex marriages as similar laws around the country have been overturned. [ Read more → ]
Brett Barrouquere, APMichael De Leon (left) and Gregory Bourke.

Ky. AG asks federal judge to dismiss challenge to same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's Attorney General is defending the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying it should stand even though his office acknowledges overturning it would grant gay couples the same legal protections as straight couples. [ Read more → ]
Brett Barrouquere, APMichael De Leon (left) and Gregory Bourke.

Ky. couple challenges state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, July 26, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville couple on Friday challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, saying the state isn't putting them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples. [ Read more → ]
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