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Kentucky is the 15th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792. Its most populous city is Louisville, and the state capitol is located in Frankfort.

LGBT Rights in Kentucky: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2004, which also prohibited the recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name. Kentucky does not have statewide LGBT anti-discrimination protections, but several jurisdictions have enacted LGBT-inclusive ordinances. Kentucky statutes cover hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not gender identity. Kentucky permits adoption by individuals or married couples only.

Current challenge to Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban: Bourke v. Beshear.

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Ky. school board upholds policy banning gender identity discrimination

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville high school's policy on transgender students' rights will remain in place after the Jefferson County Public School appeals board turned away objections from parents.

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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Hundreds gather for forum on proposed LGBT ordinance in Berea, Ky.

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- A public forum on a proposed ordinance in Berea that would prohibit discrimination against gays has drawn hundreds of residents. The Richmond Register reported 275 people were allowed inside the Folk Center on Tuesday night for the forum; others listened on speakers outside the building...

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Berea, Ky., city council discusses LGBT rights ordinance

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- City leaders in Berea, Ky., are considering how to implement a proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance that had its first reading this week. The ordinance is modeled after others that include protections for gays and have passed in a handful of Kentucky cities. It is designed to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation...

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Berea, Ky., to hold public meeting on LGBT rights ordinance

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- The city of Berea, Ky., has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The power of witness

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I could tell you about the years that I have spent in prayerful study and discernment learning the facts about homosexuality. I could give you psychological, biological, theological, and biblical arguments to support my decisions and actions. I could do those things. But I won’t. Many times, a powerful testimony is all the proof we need to accept that someone has, in fact, encountered the risen Christ. So my purpose here is not to give arguments, it’s to give testimony...

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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters march from the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, rear, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, to Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, Wisconsin organizers have formed a new group called ...

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Federal appeals court weighs four states’ same-sex marriage cases

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside a federal courthouse in Concinatti on Wednesday, Aug. 6, where judges were hearing the appeals of six same-sex marriage cases from four states.
CINCINNATI --A federal appeals court judge hearing arguments in six gay marriage fights in a landmark hearing Wednesday expressed deep skepticism about whether the courts are the ideal setting for such major change, saying that the best way to win the hearts and minds of Americans on the issue would be the democratic process. The judge, Jeffrey S. Sutton of the ...

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

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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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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