Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision’s Impact On Kentucky

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Updated: 6/26/2013 11:33 pm

The Supreme Court overturned the “Defense of Marriage Act” today. While their decision won’t directly affect Kentuckians, that doesn’t mean it won’t have a big impact in the future.

Brandon Combs, Kentucky Equality Federation, said Wednesday’s ruling is just the beginning.

“This should be the catalyst. This should put us one step closer to getting equality in this state,” Combs said.

Combs called the Supreme Court DOMA decision energizing and he hopes it encourages people to talk to their state representative to give equality a floor vote.

UK Law Professor Nicole Huberfeld said, “We'll probably see more pushing at the state level to declare state laws and state constitutional amendments that do not allow same sex marriage to be declared unconstitutional.”

Many Kentuckians are defending the Kentucky Constitution though, which states marriage is defined by one man and one woman only.

“I believe that marriage is a pre-political institution,” said Rev. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “That is one of God's greatest gifts to his human creatures. And that it always has been and always must be the union of a man and a woman.”

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