KY Gay Married Couples Must Wait for Name Changes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is under a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

But it's likely to be a while longer before couples can begin filing for name changes on official identifications and documents.

Clerks of court are awaiting direction from state officials that the 10-year-old ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is no longer enforceable after a federal judge on Thursday officially struck it down. Jefferson County Clerk spokesman Nore Ghibaudy says until such guidance is issued, the hands of county employees around Kentucky are tied.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II prompted the hurry-up-and-wait scenario with a single-page order saying Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is unenforceable.

He says in his order that the state's ban treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."

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