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Local News
5:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Reaction to Gov. Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

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First, it was a matter of tradition. Then, a moral issue. Now, after courts across the country have thrown out multiple arguments in favor of banning same-sex marriage, the Beshear Administration is on the vanguard of a new logic: dollars and cents.

In a brief filed this week in federal court, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says same-sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children—and supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage

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EVANSVILLE — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

The Indiana attorney general's office says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the couple's request for a temporary restraining order Thursday to keep the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriages against the couple.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Local News
6:43 am
Mon March 24, 2014

What's Next in the Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit?

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So the lawsuit that sought to force Kentucky to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage has been appealed and U.S. District Judge John Heyburn has extended a stay in the case.

What happens next?

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Picks Ashland Firm to Appeal Federal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Order

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Update 5:30 p.m.: The Contract

The contract between the state and the Ashland firm runs from Thursday through June 6. There's a $100,000 cap on payments to the firm, the document said.

Here's the structure: $125 per hour for partners; $90 per hour for associates;  and $40 per hour for paralegals.

Here's the contract. 

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Local News
7:01 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Kentucky Pushes Back Deadline in Search for Attorneys to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

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The  deadline for attorneys seeking to take up the state's appeal of a federal judge's same-sex marriage order has been pushed back, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office said.

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Local News
11:34 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Attorneys in Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Case Filing Similar Lawsuit in Indiana

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Updated: Four Southern Indiana same-sex couples are challenging in federal court the state's laws banning same-sex marriage.

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Local News
7:04 am
Thu March 6, 2014

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn to Take Senior Judge Status

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The federal judge whose recent rulings on a Kentucky same-sex marriage lawsuit made national headlines plans to take senior status.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II last month informed President Obama that he'll move to senior judge status on April 1, according to the U.S. District Clerk's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

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Commentary
2:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky's Courageous Attorneys General, Past and Present

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More than a half century ago, my parents gave me for Christmas a copy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage." It was a collection of stories about United States senators through history who somehow stood up to the prevailing sentiments of their day to take stands that, in time, would earn them special places in history. Among those he included were John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton and Robert A. Taft. A bipartisan group, facing some of the thorniest issues of American history ranging from slavery to fair trials.

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Politics
10:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Explains Decision to Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

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FRANKFORT — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn issued an opinion that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in the state.

In an emotional press conference Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.” But at the same time, Governor Steve Beshear is seeking outside counsel to lead an appeal effort.

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