Gov. Beshear Explains Same Sex Marriage Appeal

By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky discussed the same-sex marriage ruling a federal judge handed down yesterday after an economic development announcement in Bowling Green.

On Tuesday federal Judge John Heyburn ruled Kentucky's same sex marriage ban violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. constitution.

Wednesday, Beshear explained why he appealed this case on behalf of Kentucky.

"Everybody in Kentucky deserves to know what the rules of the road are going to be in the future. That's my sole purpose in appealing this case, because we're never going to know until the U.S. Supreme Court either refuses to hear it and leaves whatever decision to stand or hears it and makes a decision," said Beshear.

The ruling was put on hold because similar cases from other states are being heard by federal appellate courts.

It's not clear when Kentucky could begin issuing marriage licenses.

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