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:
- For MLK Day, we're taking a look at some rare pictures of Martin Luther King Jr.
- At least four people were killed in a shooting at a Mexican music festival.
- The Russian government agrees with comments Donald Trump made on Sunday, saying that NATO is "obsolete."
- And BuzzFeed News spent two months mapping Trump's personal and business connections — and found more than 1,500 in all.