Beshear explains appeals of Federal Court's rulings on same-sex marriage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Steve Beshear explains why the state is appealing a federal ruling that would make same-sex marriages in Kentucky unconstitutional.

In March, the 6th Circuit Court ruled Kentucky had to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, and earlier this week, the same court ruled Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages was itself unconstitutional.

Beshear appealed both rulings, using a private law firm to do so.

Beshear explained Wednesday why he's appealing the rulings. He said "...everybody in Kentucky deserves to know what the rules of the road are going to be in the future. That's my sole purpose in appealing this case, because we're never going to know until the U.S. Supreme Court either refuses to hear it, and leaves whatever decision to stand, or hears it and makes a decision."

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Kentucky's arguments next month.

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