Here’s why Kentucky may soon become the first place in the US to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples.KENTUCKY: Married same-gender couples in Kentucky may now register with the state government, and the county clerk will have the option of issuing licenses to them.
The state is one of only a handful of states where such licenses are currently available.
The news is not expected to be widely welcomed, but some people who are already married say it will provide an opportunity for more same-lock couples to get married.
“This is a great step for us as Kentucky couples.
We’ve been married for nearly 30 years, and we’ve done everything in our power to be open and transparent,” said Stephanie Smith, who is married to a man and a woman in Virginia and lives in Louisville.
“We are happy that this is now going to be a reality in Kentucky.”
The state has been waiting on the Supreme Court to rule on a challenge to a Kentucky state law that required couples who have not been married in a marriage ceremony to obtain a license.
It was challenged by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, who argued that the law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution, which prohibits the government from favoring one group over another.
“The government is not supposed to do that, and that is exactly what this law does,” Beshears’ spokesman Brian Covington said.
“If we do that and we make it a crime to marry somebody who doesn’t want to be married, that would be a violation of the Constitution.”
Kentucky was one of just four states in the country where same- sex couples could register as a couple, and Beshearing said the ruling could lead to other states considering similar legislation.
“I am very pleased that this decision by the Supreme to recognize same- gender marriage as a constitutional right has allowed the people of Kentucky to move forward on this matter,” he said.
A couple holds a rainbow flag outside of the Kentucky Statehouse in Lexington, Kentucky, United States, May 30, 2017.
REUTERS/David GoldmanKentucky may soon have a new source of wedding-related paperwork, as the Supreme is expected to rule this week on whether to review a decision by a federal appeals court to strike down Kentucky’s marriage license law.
The decision will set the stage for a legal showdown over whether states are allowed to discriminate against same- sexual couples in marriage, which could ultimately lead to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-marriage equality.
“It’s a victory for the LGBT community, and it’s a win for all Americans,” Besher said.
“When the Supreme decides, they’re going to rule that same-Gender-Marriage is a right, and they’re not going to make any exceptions for same-Sex Marriage.
That’s a huge victory for our LGBT community.”
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Kentucky since 2010, and is widely viewed as one of the country’s most important issues.
But last year, the court refused to hear the case of three couples who were denied marriage licenses.
Kentucky and Virginia, the only states where same sex marriage is legal, are among only a few states where the issue is currently under review by the US Supreme Court.