WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ordered Kentucky officials to recognize same-sex couples' marriages performed out of state, an order that followed his Feb. 12 opinion in the case.
Kentucky's Constitution and laws that ban recognition of such marriages, Heyburn wrote, "violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and they are void and unenforceable."
Although state officials earlier Thursday sought a stay of his order pending any appeal, none was issued in Heyburn's order, though a response could follow.
Additionally, Heyburn on Thursday granted a request to allow additional couples seeking full marriage rights — as opposed to recognition of marriages conducted elsewhere — to intervene in the case.
Heyburn set a schedule for the briefing on that issue Thursday as well: