Ky. A.G. Won't Appeal Ruling On Same Sex Marriage

Mar 4, 2014

Ky.'s attorney general says he won't appeal an order to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries. 

Attorney General Jack Conway
Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Ky Office of Attorney General

Attorney General Jack Conway's decision, announced Tuesday morning, means same-sex couples will be allowed to pursue name changes, file joint tax returns with the state, and seek to have names added to birth certificates. The Democrat said at a news conference that he would not defend discrimination.

The move comes four days after a federal judge in Louisville gave the state 21 days to implement a ruling overturning a voter-imposed ban on recognizing same-sex unions.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn issued a Feb. 12 opinion that Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages violated the Constitution's equal-protection clause.