Gay marriage

The Morehead News


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and went to jail.

Appeals Court Dismisses Kim Davis' Suit Against Ky.

Apr 20, 2016

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.

Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing it violated her religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union sued her on behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the licenses. Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then-State Librarian Wayne Onkst, arguing the forms violated her religious beliefs.

Separation of Church & State on Eastern Standard

Sep 12, 2015
Noah Day

In light of recent events related to the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples, separation of church and state has been on the minds of many Kentuckians. On this week's show, we'll discuss Separation of Church and State.


Dan Bennett, assistant professor of political science at Eastern Kentucky University, whose research focuses on the intersection of politics, law, and religion in the United States.

The Frankfort State Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided.  That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.

Eastern Standard "Live" from the State Capitol

Feb 2, 2015
Richard Turner

As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.

We’re interested in your comments and questions before the show by email to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or on the phone at 859-622-1657.

Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Landov

The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.

Kentucky Baptist Convention

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has voted to sever ties with a Louisville church after its decision to support homosexuality. 

The Frankfort State Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's bans on same-sex marriages, rolling back two rulings that opened the door for gay couples to have their unions in other states recognized and to be wed in the Bluegrass State.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panels' 2-1 ruling Thursday is the highest-level court victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage in the past year.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases

Oct 6, 2014
Jim Urquhart/Reuters/Landov

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals of gay marriage bans in five states will not directly affect Kentucky because the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to rule on the state's case.



Re-Defining Marriage on Eastern Standard

Sep 28, 2014

Kentuckians as well as folks in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan are waiting on a ruling on same-sex marriage from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Knowing that a ruling could come soon…and in light of growing speculation of the issue going to the nation’s highest court, we’ll discuss Re-defining marriage on this week’s EST.

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Gay Marriage Through the Eyes of Two Pastors

Aug 5, 2014

    The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday.  It will also hear cases from Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan.  A ruling by the court in Cincinnati in favor of gay marriage could impact marriage ceremonies at some Kentucky churches.  Leaders at two Lexington churches have differing views about same sex marriage.


If a federal court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky is upheld following appeals, it could mean slight changes in the way marriage licenses are processed.   Discussions are underway about how such a ruling might affect County Clerks across the state.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Same-sex Marriage Ban

Jul 1, 2014
The Frankfort State Journal

A federal judge has struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying in the state. However, Tuesday's ruling was temporarily put on hold because it will be appealed.

Federal court says Ky. must Recognize Same-sex Marriages from Other States

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn has struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., issued a statement commending the judge's ruling: “I am proud of the four Kentucky families who are standing up for marriage equality in this lawsuit and of the thousands more who continue this fight every day. Today’s ruling is an important step forward in the march toward recognition of all marriages under the law and full equality in our Commonwealth.”

Meanwhile, the Family Foundation issued a statement taking the opposite point of view. According to the foundation's news release: "Kentucky marriage policy will now be dictated from places like Boston and San Francisco," said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation said in the release.

Poll Shows Opposition to Same-sex Marriage Softening in Ky.

Feb 9, 2014

A majority of Kentucky voters continues to oppose same-sex marriage, but public opinion appears to be shifting on the issue.

A new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll found that 55 percent of registered voters oppose same-sex marriage, compared with 35 percent who support allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Kentucky. Ten percent weren't sure.

Gay Marriage topic of this week's Kentucky Tonight

Jun 10, 2012

On this week's edition edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss gay marriage.  The program which is "live" on Kentucky Educational Television Monday evening at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.