Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Published 07/01 2014 01:14PM

Updated 07/01 2014 01:16PM

A Republican-appointed federal judge rules Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 on the recommendation of current Senate Minor Leader Mitch McConnell.

Today's ruling follows a February ruling from the same judge, which state Kentucky must respect the legal marriages of same-sex  couples performed outside the commonwealth.

Heyburn however stayed the ruling until the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides gay marriage cases from Kentucky and three other states. Oral arguments are scheduled for August 6.

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