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04/19/2007


Emotional Kentucky AG Jack Conway Chokes Up Announcing He Won't Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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Earlier today, Towleroad reported that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that he won't defend the state's gay marriage ban in an appeal of a federal court ruling handed down late last week. Governor Steve Beshear announced that he would hire outside counsel to appeal the ruling, which recognizes gay marriages performed out of state.

Conway became so emotional and choked up during the announcement he had to pause to collect himself.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kentucky Attorney General Won't Defend State's Gay Marriage Ban; Gov. Will Appeal with Outside Counsel

ConwayKentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (pictured) says he won't defend the state's gay marriage ban in an appeal of a federal court ruling ordering the state to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere, the Courier-Journal reports:

“Judge Heyburn got it right,” he said at his Frankfort office.

By appealing, he said, he would be defending discrimination “and that I will not do.”

Conway said he had prayed on the decision and felt he is doing what is right. He said that he was sworn to defend both the constitutions of Kentucky and the United States.

“It’s about placing people over politics,” he said.

He began choking up at the end of the statement before leaving without taking questions.

The AP reports that Governor Steve Beshear will appeal the fuling with outside counsel, not the attorney general.

Late last week, Heyburn put his order that the state recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere on hold for three weeks to give the state enough time to comply. The governor had asked for 90 days.


Kentucky Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Protected Right to Discriminate Against Gays Based on Religious Beliefs

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has vetoed House Bill 279 , by which a "religious individual could claim an exemption from any law or policy that prohibits discrimination" according to the ACLU, "leaving racial minorities, women, LGBT people and others without adequate protections."

BeshearFrom the Governor's website:

“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of this great nation, and a right enshrined in both the United States Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279 and the members of the General Assembly who supported this bill to protect our constitutional rights to practice our religion.  However, I have significant concerns that this bill will cause serious unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care, and individuals’ civil rights. As written, the bill will undoubtedly lead to costly litigation.  I have heard from many organizations and government entities that share those same concerns. Therefore, after giving this measure thoughtful analysis and consideration, today I vetoed the bill.”

HB279, sent to the Governor on March 11, would allow an individual to disregard any state or local law that places a substantial burden on his or her sincerely held religious belief.  As written, the government would have to show by “clear and convincing evidence” that the state has a compelling interest in requiring the person to follow the established law, and that there is no less restrictive means to accomplish the government’s objective.

The ACLU earlier this month had expressed concern that the bill might be used to undermine existing LGBT Fairness protections for individuals covered by local statutes in Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Vicco, Kentucky.


Kentucky Voters Not Swayed By Gay-Baiting, Elect Steve Beshear

The ugly gay-baiting going on in the Kentucky gubernatorial Race between incumbent Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Steve Beshear failed to sway voters in the state.

BeshearBeshear crushed Fletcher, winning nearly 60 percent of the vote.

The Courier-Journal reports: "The election was clearly a repudiation of Fletcher, who was seriously damaged by a scandal over his administration's hiring abuses in the state merit system. Fletcher refused to testify before a grand jury, was indicted on three misdemeanor counts -- later dismissed -- and pardoned those around him who had been charged."

In the end, the only place Fletcher felt he could find support, apparently, . Good riddance.

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More Robo-Calls and Biblical Scare Tactics in Kentucky Gov Race

KentuckygovsThe Kentucky gubernatorial campaign is getting even crazier. Yesterday I posted about Christian warbler Pat Boone's automated robo-calls warning voters about the "San Francisco values" of leading Democrat Steve Beshear.

Another set of robo-calls has gone out now, linking Beshear to "the homosexual lobby" and directing them to the website of The Fairness Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group that has endorsed Beshear. The calls say: "Beshear is receiving major support from out-of-state gay activists and has publicly committed to same-gender relationships, employment of more homosexuals in state government, including teachers, and support for homosexual adoption of children. "If you believe these rights are fair, please vote for Steve Beshear for governor."

KentuckyetencommandmentsOne voter told the Associated Press that the calls were "the ugliest thing I've heard in an election probably in my lifetime."

Incumbent governor Ernie Fletcher, trailing Beshear in the calls, denies having anything to do with them.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: "Beshear is 'far left of Kentucky values,' Fletcher said at a brief news conference at Blue Grass Airport. Fletcher ran down a list of issues important to social conservatives, including abortion, gay marriage and casinos, which he opposes, and posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings, which he supports. His campaign later challenged Beshear to explain his views on gay marriage, which is unconstitutional in Kentucky."

While the source of the calls remains a mystery, Fletcher's desperation is obvious. Yesterday, he ordered the Ten Commandments be put on display in the Capitol Rotunda, a move he said had nothing to do with the election.


Pat Boone Helms Homophobic Robo-calls in Kentucky Governor Race

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The gubernatorial race in Kentucky between Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear is heading into its final days. Beshear has a double-digit lead in the polls and it appears the state GOP is pulling out its biggest fear tactic in the eleventh hour — gays. They've paid for two robo-calls voiced by Christian warbler Pat Boone to go out to voters in the state warning them about Beshear's positions on gay rights.

KentuckygovsThe first ad warns: "His opponent is so ultra-liberal he’s just been enthusiastically endorsed by C-FAIR, a prominent gay rights advocacy group. They’re convinced Beshear is their guy. Now you have to ask, 'Do you really want Kentucky to become another San Francisco?' Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher."

And here's what the second, longer spot has to say:

"Hello friends. This is Pat Boone - a fellow Kentuckian by descent from granddaddy Dan'l. I've always been proud of Kentucky's stance on patriotic, military and moral issues - a great heritage. Now, as an American and a Christian I'm very concerned about the upcoming governor's election. Ernie Fletcher is a typical Kentuckian. He's worked long and hard for the state, its people, and its traditions. And of course he's come under attack by political opponents. And now, he faces a man who wants his job, who has consistently supported every homosexual cause - same-sex marriage, gay adoption, special rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual even transgender individuals. The prominent gay advocacy group CFAIR just enthusiastically endorsed Beshear, knowing he's their guy. Kentuckians have already voted to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. Now, do you want a governor who would like Kentucky to be another San Francisco? Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher. This message paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky."

Listen to them both here.

Kentucky GOP Pushing Anti-Gay Message In Final Days Of Gov Race [talking points memo]


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