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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