Appeal of gay-marriage ruling sought in Kentucky

Two House Republicans on Tuesday urged Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway to appeal last week's federal court ruling that struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex unions performed in other states.

Rep. Stan Lee, of Lexington, said in a letter to Beshear and Conway that Kentucky voters in 2004 overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

"The majority of Kentucky citizens are fed up with the ever-increasing encroachment of the federal government into their lives," Lee wrote.

READ: Ky. ban on gay marriages from other states struck down

Rep. Tim Moore, of Elizabethtown, filed a resolution in the House on Friday making the same request. He said in a press release Tuesday, "The laws of other states or the ruling of a federal court should not trump the will of a majority of Kentuckians."

Beshear and Conway have said it would be premature to comment on the ruling until it becomes final.

At issue is the Feb. 12 ruling of U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II that Kentucky's prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law by treating gays and lesbians "differently in a way that demeans them."


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