Ky governor asks for stay of gay marriage ruling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has asked a federal judge to delay the effective date of his ruling allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages while he appeals the case.

Private attorneys representing Beshear filed the request Friday afternoon, about 24 hours after they were hired to take the case.

Attorney Leigh Gross Latherow wrote in a motion that halting implementation of U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn's decision would allow appeals courts and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court to sort out what the law is.

Latherow wrote that if Heyburn did not rule by Tuesday, an appeal would be filed with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Heyburn overturned Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban and set an effective date for his ruling of March 20.

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