A Republican-appointed federal judge rules Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
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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