One year since Bourke v Beshear

It has been one year since Judge John Heyburn’s ruling on the Bourke v. Beshear, which asked the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state of Kentucky

On February 12, 2014, both Shannon Fauver and Dawn were in State Court when they received an email from Judge Heyburn’s clerk telling them that the ruling would be issued at noon.

Clients were called and the attorneys and Plaintiffs tried to arrange a time to get together and celebrate. Everyone was elated, We all talked about what this meant for the clients and the rest of the state. This ruling was limited to couples that were married in our states, and countries, but still didn’t allow same-sex couples to get married in Kentucky. So, the next step was obvious. On February 14, 2014 the Love v Beshear case was added to Bourke v. Beshear in order to ask that same-sex couples be allowed to marry in Kentucky.

On February 12, 2014, Kentucky became the first Southern state to rule on same-sex marriages and the next day, February 13, 2014, Virginia decided to allow same-sex marriages to go forward and talked about Judge Heyburn’s ruling from Kentucky.

A year later, we wait for our day in the US Supreme Court, which will be in April of this year. The issue so same-sex marriages should be resolved two years after the landmark Windsor case, which was ruled on in June of 2013.

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