Both sides in the gay marriage debate are reacting to Thursday’s developments regarding Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban. A federal judge in Louisville signed the final order, meaning his February 12th decision recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages is now law.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Jack Conway has requested a 90-day stay, so he can have more time to decide if the state wants to appeal.
Martin Cothran, with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, says the 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state represents the will of the people. “We believe that the people of Kentucky through their elected lawmakers ought to control marriage policy in our state,” said Cothran. “That’s our prerogative. As soon as you give on this issue, what you’ve done is ceded your authority on this issue to other states.”
Judge John Heyburn has not responded to the Attorney General’s request for a stay.