In his preliminary decision earlier in February, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down portions of Kentucky law that define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Like many judgments in favor of gay marriage, Judge Heyburn cited the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Since the constitution guarantees Americans equal protection from state to state, he wrote, Kentucky cannot deny gay Americans their rights to marriage that have been granted in other states.
Gay marriage is by far the fastest-shifting national issue in American politics. The past few months have seen states overturning gay marriage bans or voting on anti-gay marriage laws on a weekly or even daily basis.
Via the Lexington Herald Leader.