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February 12, 2014

Judge: Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages

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FRANKFORT, Ky. —

Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation of Kentucky, said the ruling proves that Kentucky's votes don’t count when they're out of step with the “political ideology of liberal judges.”

Paul Chitwood, director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, called it “tragic and disappointing.”

And U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is running for re-election, criticized the ruling even though he had recommended Heyburn for the bench. Heyburn was nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

McConnell said he supports “traditional marriage” and will continue a fight to ensure “Kentuckians define marriage as we see fit and never have a decision forced on us by interests outside our state.”

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, said his office was still reviewing the ruling.

“I think ultimately it will be decided by the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, told colleagues the public is weary of “wasting our tax dollars to discriminate against our gay neighbors." She noted that she was among 11 Kentucky lawmakers who voted against the 2004 measure, “And we all got re-elected.”

For Cortney Langdon, 26, of Louisville, the ruling was both unexpected and exciting.

“I was very shocked,” said Langdon, who got the news via text message from her partner, Rachel Longley, 25. The two were married six months ago in Maryland but hadn’t expected things to change so soon in Kentucky.

“We were both very surprised,” said Langdon. “But we found it a reason to celebrate again, even though it’s been six months since we got married.”

Ronnie Ellis is a state reporter for CNHI newspapers in Kentucky. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

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