Judge: Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages

BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press
 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, striking down part of the state ban.
 
In 23-page a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbians differently in a “way that demeans them.” The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004. The out-of-state clause was part of it.
 
The decision came in lawsuits brought by four gay and lesbian couples seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages.
 
Heyburn did not rule on whether the state could be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
 
The question was not included in the lawsuit.

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