Ky. Lawmaker: Third Party Could Potentially Challenge Federal Marriage Ruling

Feb 27, 2014

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Kentucky are exploring options for challenging the recent ruling striking down the state's marriage amendment.

Attorney General Jack Conway has yet to decide whether he will challenge the federal ruling forcing Kentucky to honor same-sex marriages performed out of state, but one of the co-sponsors of the state’s original amendment banning gay marriage is already looking for alternate ways to fight the order should Conway decline to act.

Louisville Sen. Dan Seum says he’s working on a bill that would enable a third party to intervene in the case.

"What we would hope to do is possibly have that piece of legislation and allow the people of Kentucky to be heard at the federal level on the appeal basis, and at this point in time I'm convinced they're not going to get heard," Seum says. 

Conway had asked for a delay before U.S. District Judge John Heyburn’s ruling went into effect Thursday.

Seum says he’s asked the Legislative Research Commission to examine what types of entities could potentially intervene in the appeal process.