News: Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Will Not Appeal Heyburn’s Federal Order Requiring Kentucky Recognize Gay Marriage

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announces he will NOT appeal Judge Heyburn’s federal court order directing Kentucky recognize gay marriages.  Here is the OAG video of Conway’s announcement, and a link to the MSNBC post with Conway’s interview.

Excerpts from MSNBC Report:

With surging Obamacare enrollments, dismal polling numbers for the Senate’s top Republican, and now, an attorney general who won’t fight to keep a key part of Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban, it’s worth asking the question: Is the Bluegrass State bluer than we all thought?

On Tuesday, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not appeal a federal order requiring Kentucky officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed in one of the 17 states that allow them. That decision, issued last month and scheduled to take effect on March 20, struck down part of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, which voters overwhelmingly approved in 2004. Though gay couples still cannot obtain marriage licenses from Kentucky clerks (that’s the subject of a different lawsuit,) U.S. District Judge John Heyburn’s ruling entitles those legally married elsewhere to the same spousal rights and benefits given to every married heterosexual couple in the state.

Conway is the eighth attorney general in the country to abandon such laws in the face of mounting legal victories for marriage equality.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) talks to Kristen Welker about his decision to go against Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) and support same-sex marriage.