Months after declaring that Kentucky must recognize legal, out-of-state same-sex marriages, a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Like many recent court opinions in favor of same-sex marriage, the decision is stayed pending appeal. So LGBT couples can't marry right away in Kentucky.
As the Courier-Journal reported, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II dismissed the state's defense of its ban with the following words: "These arguments are not those of serious people." State governor Steve Beshear's legal team (attorney general Jack Conway isn't defending the law) argued that the ban stabilized the state's birth rate and economic prosperity. Heyburn added:
The state’s attempts to connect the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to its interest in economic stability and in “ensuring humanity’s continued existence” are at best illogical and even bewildering. These arguments fail for the precise reasons that Defendant’s procreation argument fails. Numerous courts have repeatedly debunked all other reasons for enacting such laws. The Court can think of no other conceivable legitimate reason for Kentucky’s laws excluding same-sex couples from marriage.
"In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," the judge wrote.