Thursday, March 6, 2014
As I have previously discussed, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway decided not to appeal a federal judge’s order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will instead be hiring outside attorneys to appeal the decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married out-of-state. Beshear believes the potential for “legal chaos is real” if a delay is not issued while the case is being appealed. Beshear says, “Other Kentucky courts may reach different and conflicting decisions. Employers, health care providers, governmental agencies and others faced with changing rules need a clear and certain roadmap. Also, people may take action based on this decision only to be placed at a disadvantage should a higher court reverse the decision.”
See The Associated Press, Ky. to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Cincinnati.com, March 5, 2014.
Special thanks to Edward J. Buechel (Raines, Buechel, Conley & Dusing, P.L.L.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.