U.S. Supreme Court to decide same-sex marriage nationwide

01/17/2015 11:46 AM

On Friday the United States Supreme Court agreed to definitively answer whether or not states can ban same-sex marriage, after several courts overturned bans in multiple states — including in Kentucky.

In February of last year a federal judge struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage which was enacted by ratification of Kentucky voters in 2004. At the time the federal judge said Kentucky’s Constitutional view of same-sex marriage violated the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

In March of 2014 Gov. Steve Beshear appealed the decision to strike down Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban after state Attorney General Jack Conway refused to appeal the case through his office.

Beshear’s outside appeal, along with cases from Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee set up the historic decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement Beshear said the Supreme Court made the “right decision in choosing to rule on the four pending cases regarding same sex marriage.”

“…Because the Sixth Circuit’s ruling conflicts with other Circuit opinions on the same issue, this created unacceptable variances in state laws that only the Supreme Court can resolve,” Beshear said.

“Any further delay in the Court’s consideration of these cases would prolong the instability and uncertainty which states and families currently endure. Kentuckians, and indeed all Americans, deserve clarity and finality on this matter, and the assurance that the law will be consistent across state lines.”


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