Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires at 2:20 PM on 7/23, issued at 1:53 PM Berry, KY | Carlisle, KY | Cynthiana, KY | Millersburg, KY

AG Conway Will Not Appeal Same Sex Marriage Ruling; State Will

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 3/04 10:06 pm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronAdelson

Attorney General Jack Conway announced he would not appeal a recent decision ordering Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.  Conway said defending a position against recognizing same-sex marriages would be the same as defending discrimination.

"As Attorney General of Kentucky, I must draw the line when it comes to discrimination," said Conway.

Moments later, Governor Beshear sent out a statement announcing he would hire outside counsel to appeal the decision. 

Beshear's statement came with a caveat that he would have no further comment, and not be available to media for the rest of the day.

Conway did not take any questions after he read his statement.

A spokesperson for the Governor says Beshear and Conway have spoken several times recently.  We asked if the Governor asked anything of Conway.  The spokesperson would not comment.

In addition to appealing the decision, the Governor is asking for a stay in the meantime.  A stay keeps the status quo. 

The Governor says without a stay there is opportunity for legal chaos. 

"Employers, health care providers, governmental agencies and others faced with changing rules need a clean and certain roadmap.  Also, people may take action based on this decision only to be placed at a disadvantage should a higher court reverse the decision," said Governor Beshear. 

Governor Beshear wants the U.S. Supreme Court to ultimately decide this issue.
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Identity Theft Suspect Identified
Nicholasville Police are positive they have a suspect identified who is wanted in a recent identity theft case.
Lincoln County Woman Abducted; Held For Ransom
Stanford Police are looking for a suspect who abducted a woman at gun point, and held her for ransom Video Video
Postal Facility In Lexington Scheduled To Be Closed In 2015
The U.S. Postal Service's processing and distribution center on Nandino Boulevard in Lexington is scheduled to be closed next year to save money, according to the USPS Website. Video Video
2014 36 Blitz: Mason Co. Royals
A look at tradition in Maysville and what it means to this season's team. Video Video
5 Kentucky, Tennessee schools on list
Two Tennessee universities have made the "honor roll" of a publication's 2014 list of "Great Colleges To Work For."
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.