Landmark Case Involving Same-Sex Marriage Underway In KY

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Updated: 6/25/2013 11:57 pm
A landmark case is underway in Kentucky involving laws using same-sex spouses during trials.

In Louisville, a woman is accused of killing a man. She said she was defending herself as he raped her.

She's married and wants to block her spouse from testifying--under Kentucky law, a spouse can refuse to testify in court.

However, the 'spouse' in this case is another woman. The two were married in Vermont.

Since same-sex marriage is illegal in Kentucky, prosecutors said the spousal privilege law doesn't cover them.

"Under Kentucky law, a husband or a wife can refuse to testify against the other in court. Our position is that Kentucky law of the husband and wife privilege does not apply to a same sex couple," said Stacy Grieve, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.

"Only because she's married to a woman instead, they want to use that information to strap her to a gurney, to pump poison into her veins and kill her. We say that's not fair," said defending attorney Angela Ellerman.

A hearing on this is planned for the end of July.
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