NPR : News

Filed Under:

Kentucky Won't Appeal Order To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

"Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway will not appeal a federal judge's order that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages," NPR member station WFPL reports from Louisville.

"From a constitutional perspective, Judge Heyburn got it right," Conway said in announcing his decision on Tuesday, the station adds.

We reported about Judge Heyburn's decision last Thursday. As The Lexington Herald-Leader wrote at the time, it struck down "portions of a 1998 state law and a 2004 state constitutional amendment defining marriage in Kentucky as between one man and one woman, and that prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed in other states."

Heyburn wrote that "in a democracy, the majority routinely enacts its own moral judgments as laws. Kentucky's citizens have done so here. Whether enacted by a legislature or by public referendum, those laws are subject to the guarantees of individual liberties contained within the United States Constitution."

Today, the Herald-Leader adds, "Conway said he prayed about [his] decision and decided to put 'people over politics. ... I can only say that I'm doing what I think is right.' "

Louisville's Courier-Journal writes that Conway "began choking up at the end of the statement before leaving without taking questions."

The Associated Press adds that:

"Conway's decision means same-sex couples in Kentucky who were married in other states will be allowed to pursue name changes, file joint tax returns with the state, and seek to have names added to birth certificates.

"The Democrat said at a news conference that if he appealed, 'I would be defending discrimination. That I will not do.' "

As the AP also reminds us, "the decision in the socially conservative state comes against the backdrop of similar rulings or actions in other states where same-sex couples have long fought for the right to marry. ... A federal judge in Texas last week struck down that state's gay marriage ban but immediately delayed the implementation of his ruling pending appeals by the state. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on a decision in Utah recognizing same-sex marriages."

There have also been recent rulings on same-sex marriage bans enacted in some states. Virginia's ban was struck down by a federal judge last month.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 28, 2015

This weekend you can pay tribute to the late King of Pop or attend the last Jazz in the Garden performance of the summer.
NPR

How Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

Sour beers are made by deliberately adding microbes to create complex brews with a crisp, acidic taste. But that process takes lots of time and money, resulting in a pricey final product. Until now.
NPR

Virginia Governor: 'Clearly Too Many Guns In the Wrong Hands'

Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised to introduce gun-control legislation. McAuliffe spoke two days after a gunman killed two journalists during a live broadcast.
NPR

CEO Of Cheating Website Ashley Madison, Noel Biderman, Has Stepped Down

The parent company, Avid Life Media, has been reeling since hackers released information on 33 million of its customers. The company did not immediately appoint a new CEO.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.