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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DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky governor Steve Beshear says in a new legal brief that same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry because they cannot “naturally procreate," and the state has an interest in ensuring that they do.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.