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Kentucky Joins Utah in Stay on Same-Sex Marriages

by Norris Law Group on March 25, 2014

12990851_sA  federal judge has granted the state of Kentucky more time to officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on March 19 that the judge claims that the stay will allow the law to become “settled” without causing confusion or granting rights only to have them taken away.

The ruling comes just two days before gay couples would have been able to change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain the benefits of any other married couple in Kentucky.

The judge said the delay would be valid until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati either orders the stay lifted or rules on the merits of the case. The stay is akin to other orders in states including Utah, Texas and Virginia which acknowledge same-sex marriage rights but put the implementation of the laws on hold.

Without this ruling, Kentucky would have had allow same-sex couples to start collecting marriage benefits. The ruling did not deal with the separate issue of whether same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in Kentucky, which may be resolved sometime this summer.

Judges have overturned voter-approved bans on same-sex marriages in Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia.

Same-sex marriage is legal in at least 17 states and Washington, D.C. Other states pass similar legislation depending on how federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court rule on voter-approved state bans that have been overturned.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of family. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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