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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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Louisville, Ky., public schools working to improve support for LGBT students

Monday, November 24, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., has formed a districtwide committee in an effort to better accommodate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate "our nation's most cherished and essential guarantees."

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Kentucky Baptists sever ties with LGBT-friendly Louisville church

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages. Baptist leaders from around the state gathering in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to end their longstanding relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church...

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Joy, dismay as gay marriage advocates, opponents assess 6th Circuit ruling

Friday, November 7, 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.
[caption id="attachment_149583" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Jeff Swinger, Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] 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. [/caption] One side...

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6th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states

Thursday, November 6, 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 -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee...

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Kentucky Baptists want to sever ties with gay-friendly Louisville church

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Baptists will vote later this year on whether to sever ties with a Louisville member church that says it is open to performing gay marriages. A committee of the Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Thursday to end its relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The Louisville church last year announced that ...

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U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati key to how and where gay marriage advances

Thursday, October 9, 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 -- After a series of developments on same-sex marriage this week, there's growing anticipation for a ruling by the federal appeals court based in Cincinnati. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments two months ago on challenges to gay marriage bans in four states. Its eventual ruling could help...

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Kentucky town rejects LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- The Berea City Council has rejected a proposed ordinance that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proposal failed on a 5-3 vote Tuesday night in the Kentucky town in the Appalachian foothills, according to media reports. The meeting drew a standing-room-only crowd, and others filled ...

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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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