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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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AUDIO: Kentucky same-sex marriage ban faces federal appeals court

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Kentucky plaintiffs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A three-judge panel is now considering whether Kentucky's laws barring same-sex marriage are constitutional. Attorneys representing multiple gay couples told judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday that's there's no rational reason for barring same-sex couples from getting married. Lawyers hired by ...

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A summary of same-sex marriage cases before the Sixth Circuit appeals court

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at the cases:

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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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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