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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Courts - Kentucky seeks delay in implementing order requiring recognition of SSM performed in other states

Updating this Feb. 13th post, that reported a federal district court ruling that Kentucky must recognize same sex marriages performed in other states, the AP is reporting today:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general asked a federal judge on Thursday to delay by 90 days an order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

The two-page filing says the delay is sought to give the attorney general time to decide whether to appeal the Feb. 12 ruling and would give the state an opportunity to prepare to implement the order.

The request came as parties in the case awaited a final order from U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II overturning part of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. * * *

Should Heyburn issue a final order and deny a delay, same-sex couples would be allowed change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of married couples in Kentucky. Heyburn's ruling doesn't affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 27, 2014 01:23 PM
Posted to Courts in general