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Federal Judge: Kentucky Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Marry

A federal judges has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to be married in Kentucky.

Judge John Heyburn is the same federal judge who ruled that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages earlier this year.

That case is being appealed by the Commonwealth.

The Courier-Journal reports:

Heyburn upheld the right to marry today, but put his ruling on hold pending a decision by a higher court. Heyburn rejected the only justification offered by lawyers for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear — that traditional marriages contribute to a stable birth rate and the state's long-term economic stability.

"These arguments are not those of serious people," he said.

Heyburn held that the ban on gay marriage within Kentucky violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law and that there is "no conceivable legitimate purpose for it."

WFPL has the full ruling. Heyburn issued a stay until the appeal is heard in Cincinnati on August 6.

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