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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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge...

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Parents appeal transgender policy at Kentucky high school

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A group of parents has appealed a decision by a Louisville high school to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. The Atherton High School site-based decision-making council will meet next week to discuss the appeal, which was filed by Louisville attorney ...

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Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville concluded that the state's prohibition on same-sex couples...

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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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Danville, Ky., gives final approval to LGBT rights ordinance

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
DANVILLE, Ky. -- The Danville, Ky., City Commission has approved an LGBT rights ordinance, though it includes an exemption for religious organizations. Officials voted 4-1 on Monday in favor of the ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was the seventh city in the state to approve such a measure,

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Louisville, Ky., high school approves transgender bathroom policy

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville high school has passed a policy allowing transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Atherton High School Principal Thomas Aberli said a school council voted 8-1 on Thursday in favor of the policy.

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Danville, Ky., advances proposed LGBT rights ordinance

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
DANVILLE, Ky. -- The Danville, Ky., city commission has advanced an ordinance that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity in cases of employment, housing or public accommodations.

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Judge orders Ky. to pay $70K in legal fees for same-sex marriage case

| Friday, May 16, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge has ordered Kentucky to pay $70,000 in attorney's fees to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that resulted in the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

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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. AG who supports marriage equality announces candidacy for governor

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway (D-Ky.)
Jack Conway, the Democratic Attorney General of Kentucky, announced his candidacy for governor on Tuesday and has a message for anyone criticizing his decision to not defend Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. "They do so at their own peril," he said.

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