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Federal Judge Puts Three Week Hold on Kentucky Gay Marriage Recognition Ruling: VIDEO


A federal judge in Kentucky has put his order that the state recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere on hold for three weeks, NBC News reports:

KentuckyThe state had asked for a 90-day stay of the order, but Judge John G. Heyburn II is only putting it on hold until March 20, saying that will give the state enough time to comply.

Heyburn's order means that gay couples who were legally married elsewhere but live in Kentucky will be able change their names on state documents and obtain other benefits of married couples.

A separate lawsuit over whether Kentucky can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is before the same judge.

There remains a lot of confusion over the new law:

A local county clerk says she wants to follow the law and the judge's ruling but she isn't sure how. The Calloway County Clerk said the main issue is with property transfer taxes. 

Husband and wife are exempt. The clerk thinks married same sex couples are but she's not sure how to file the paperwork.  She's waiting on the state to tell her what to do and how to do it.

She isn't sure what happens if a same sex couple who was married elsewhere gets in line and wants to be recognized as such. The woman who usually has the answers admits she's stumped.

"We have no order, we have no for sure what to do and how to do it," Calloway County Clerk Antonia Faulkner said.

The state always provides clear instructions but that hasn't been the case with same sex couples.

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  1. Maybe in a thousand years we will be done with all the political game playing and posturing around these gay marriage cases.

    The amount of appeals and stays and the layers & layers of different courts who all have to have a piece of the action (and the money !) to decide these very simple cases is RIDICULOUS and EMBARRASSING !
    The U.S. legal system is a joke. Of course it's not about justice, it's about gays raising millions and millions of dollars to BUY our legal rights that we give to rich judges, lawyers and politicians to make them even richer even though they are the people who took away our rights in the first place ! SHAME on the U.S.A. !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 1, 2014 4:04:12 PM

  2. I don't see a video here. Is there supposed to be one?

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 1, 2014 4:39:41 PM

  3. Oh, just go with it, and make things up as they come using common sense. It'll all work out.

    (Here's a hint: Just pretend there's a straight couple standing in front of you who were married on vacation abroad and are now returning to live in Kentucky.)

    Posted by: Lexis | Mar 1, 2014 4:43:09 PM

  4. Three days would have been much better. Why wait?

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 1, 2014 7:20:14 PM

  5. Here's a suggestion - treat them exactly the same way you treat hetero couples.

    Posted by: Dan Mc. | Mar 1, 2014 7:39:36 PM

  6. @DAN MC and others: Let's not hate on the county clerk there. If you click on the video, she says that all it comes to in her office is what taxes are owed, and she wants to do the right thing under the law -- but doesn't know what the law is because the state isn't answering her questions promptly. She even asks same-sex couples who need services at her office to let her know ahead of time and call the office -- she'll keep calling the state and others until she gets answers. Give her a few weeks -- things will settle down.

    Posted by: Nice Guy | Mar 1, 2014 11:19:26 PM

  7. Instead of sitting there waiting, how about call someone to ask?

    Posted by: simon | Mar 1, 2014 11:20:11 PM

  8. I believe their state flag should depict ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

    Posted by: kodiak | Mar 1, 2014 11:51:15 PM

  9. What I've noticed here is that the judge didn't actually order anybody to do anything. His order simply stated that the ban on recognizing out-of-state marriages was "void and unenforceable". But what does that mean, not only for the governor who was sued but for the county clerks who weren't sued and therefore are not liable for any violation of the order, but rather just want to know what they're supposed to do? What does it mean for state courts, that aren't bound by this decision?

    Not to mention this could all be undone later on if a higher court stays or overturns the decision.

    This judge surely knows better than to impose his personal policy preference on an entire state, with no clear mandate from the Supreme Court. I guess he got tired of being a judge and wants to try his hand at governor now. Actually that's a great idea. Let him field calls from all the county clerks. That'll keep him busy for awhile.

    Posted by: TKinSC | Mar 2, 2014 5:19:38 AM

  10. Oh!, can you just imagine the religious right, there heads are starting to explode, were losing Pat were losing Brian what is going on these gays are taking over everything. Well you fuckers read it and weep, WE R QUEER WE ARE HERE, and by the way we ain't going anywhere, oh and by the by, I've heard rumors of these so called men of God , don't mind getting there dicks sucked by a MAN of all things once in a while. So my sweets start exploding, were coming for YOU. oh, and Have a nice day won't you.

    Posted by: gorde | Mar 2, 2014 12:04:29 PM

  11. So there's never been a male/female couple that's done something like gotten married in Indiana and wated to come back to Kentucky and have their marriage be valid? I find it hard to believe that there isn't some common occurrance they could model their protocol on. However, it is Kentucky, and thinking is not exactly the state's strong suit.....

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Mar 2, 2014 8:05:22 PM

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