10:15am

Sun July 24, 2011
Statehouse News

Same Sex Marriages Ignored in KY

Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York, and couples from across the country have made plans to travel to the state for what are commonly called “destination weddings.” But those weddings will not be recognized by many other states, including Kentucky, which has a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. But Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman says that won’t stop local LGBT couples from going anyway.

“Legally…no benefit. But emotionally, from a commitment perspective I think that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender couples are simply looking for that same type of legal validation, even if it’s not legal within this state,” he says. ”Even before many of the states here in the U.S. were offering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender marriages, couples were heading to Canada or perhaps getting married in some European countries where they could have some sort of symbolic recognition of their union from a legal entity.”

Six states currently allow same-sex marriage. For more information, use this interactive map.