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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. bill targets transgender students by restricting facilities to biological sex

Monday, January 19, 2015
C.B. Embry Jr.
The "Kentucky Student Privacy Act," proposed by State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., would allow parents to sue the school for $2,500 if their child encountered a transgender student in a school restroom. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Friday, January 16, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. [...]

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Ky. judge grants same-sex divorce because ‘all people should be treated as equals’

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. [...]

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No action Friday by U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

Saturday, January 10, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court did not grant review in any new cases on Friday as gay rights activists eagerly awaited news that it might consider a new round of cases challenging states' ability to ban same-sex marriage. [...]

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Now legal in 36 states, Supreme Court to take another look at same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court schedules same-sex marriage cases for conference review

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
A number of same-sex marriage cases are on the Supreme Court's agenda with enough time for the issue to be argued and decided by late June. [...]

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‘Christian outfitter’ appeals ruling it discriminated by refusing gay pride shirts

Friday, December 12, 2014
"Hands On Originals" argues that printing gay pride t-shirts is morally objectionable, and the ruling violates their freedom of religion and expression. [...]

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Kentucky governor makes appeal to Supreme Court in gay marriage case

Friday, December 12, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)
The governor's private attorneys filed the request this week, joining plaintiffs who earlier appealed a lower court ruling that upheld anti-gay marriage laws. [...]

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Kentucky town holds public forum over proposed gay rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Residents of Murray, Kentucky are voicing their opinions on whether a gay rights ordinance should be adopted. [...]

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

Monday, November 24, 2014
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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