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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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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
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.

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Ky. governor: Gay marriage threatens birth rates, can induce economic crises

| Friday, May 9, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
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.

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

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is giving Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

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

| Monday, March 17, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
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.

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

| Friday, March 14, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
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.

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

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
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.

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

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
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.

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

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)
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.

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

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
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.

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Final order expected in Ky. same-sex marriage case

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brett Barrouquere, APMichael De Leon (left) and Gregory Bourke.
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.

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