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Judge Rules Kentucky Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages from Other States

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)  A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, striking down part of the state ban.


In 23-page a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II concluded that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbians differently in a "way that demeans them." The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004. The out-of-state clause was part of it.


The decision came in lawsuits brought by four gay and lesbian couples seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriages.


Heyburn did not rule on whether the state could be forced to perform same-sex marriages.


The question was not included in the lawsuit.
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