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Wed June 26, 2013
Kentucky Gay Marriage Supporters And Opponents React To DOMA Ruling
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With the Supreme Court ruling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, much of the focus is likely to shift to the states.
Kentucky passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2004 with 75 percent support. Today’s Supreme Court ruling will not affect the Kentucky law, but Roy Harrison with Lexington Fairness says he hopes momentum will continue to build to do just that.
"We're making progress. We're able to now get the federal government to recognize gay and lesbian marriages and we hope that eventually Kentucky will decide to jump onto the bandwagon and allow for same-sex marriage here in the Commonwealth," Harrison says.
Martin Cothran with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, which opposes same-sex marriage, says the fight is far from over.
"This decision was a states rights decision. They're saying that the federal government can't do this and they're leaving it up to the states," he says.
The Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 5-4 decision.