Judge strikes down portion of Ky. same-sex marriage ban

LOUISVILLE—The leader of the commonwealth’s largest religious body reacted with disappointment to news that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states.

“The news that District Judge John G. Heyburn usurped the will of Kentucky voters today is tragic and disappointing,” said Dr. Paul Chitwood, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

“As Heyburn declares that the Commonwealth must recognize gay marriages performed in other states, the Constitution of Kentucky is being undermined. This decision moves us down the slippery slope toward launching Kentucky into moral chaos and depriving children of their innate need of both a father and a mother. I pray the appeals process will honor the Commonwealth’s constitution and protect her children.”

Kentucky voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 affirmed that “only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky.”

According to media reports, Heyburn did not rule that Kentucky must allow gay marriages to be performed in the state.

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