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Local News
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

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

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Update 5 p.m.: Request for Proposal Issued

The state has issued its request for proposal for an attorney to handle the appeal of a federal judge order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Here's the document. 

The proposals are due by noon Friday.

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7:34 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Idea to Allow Others to Challenge Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Order Unnecessary, Speaker Says

Greg Stumbo
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a Republican lawmaker's idea to allow third-parties to appeal a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage wouldn’t require a change in state law.

Sen. Dan Seum, of Louisville, told Kentucky Public Radio that he plans to file a bill that would allow other groups to appeal a decision by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to.

But Stumbo says that there’s no precedent for such an idea, and that such a bill likely wouldn’t be necessary.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Federal Judge Stays Kentucky Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Until March 20

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Update 5:10 p.m.: 'Ball ... in Jack Conway's Court'

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's order on Thursday effectively meant that legally married same-sex couples were recognized in Kentucky.

The stay Heyburn ordered on Friday means that that's no longer the case—at least until March 20, said Joe Dunman, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

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9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Allow Others Besides Attorney General to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

Dan Seum
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FRANKFORT — A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would allow a third party to appeal a federal judge's order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

State Sen. Dan Seum tells Kentucky Public Radio that if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn's opinion, his bill would allow others to do so.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.
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 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

Here's word from Attorney General Jack Conway:  “I received Judge Heyburn’s final order and am in the process of reviewing it.  I have 30 days to determine whether or not to file an appeal in this case, which is why I asked Judge Heyburn for a stay of his order this morning.    I will be determining promptly, in consultation with Gov. Beshear, whether or not to file an appeal in this case.”

Update 5 p.m.: What This All May Mean

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Local News
7:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

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A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Strange Fruit: A Chat with the Attorneys on Ky.'s Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial

In the studio with attorneys Dan Canon and Laura Landenwich

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Strange Fruit Podcast
2:32 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Kentucky's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris

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8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Love and Marriage: 50 Years of Steady Change in Kentucky


Back in 1969, the Four Seasons had a big hit with their recording of Laura Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues.” The lyrics end with these lines: 

        I love you so, I always will

        And though devotion rules my heart I take no bows

         But Bill you're never gonna take those wedding vows


        Oh, come on Bill, oh, come on Bill

        Come on and marry me, Bill, I got the wedding bell blues

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Q&A: Fairness Campaign's Chris Hartman Discusses Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

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Movement last week on the same-sex marriage issue in Kentucky presents great potential—but possibly some risk—for LGBT people in the state, Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said.

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