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5:14 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Beshear Hires Private Firm In Same-Sex Marriage Legal Case

Gov. Beshear contracted with a private law firm to represent him in appealing a judge's decision allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Credit wuky.org

Beshear announced Thursday that the state reached the $100,000 deal with the Ashland-based firm of VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann. The 11-member practice also has an office in Frankfort.

The attorneys will handle Beshear's appeal of a decision to overturn parts of a 2004 state constitutional amendment that barred recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

Unless a federal appeals court steps in and halts the ruling, the state will have to start allowing same-sex couples to change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky on March 20.