Lexington attorney reflects on state ruling regarding same-sex couples' rights

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A legal landmark for same-sex couples in the Bluegrass has many now wondering, what's next?

Thursday, a judge ruled Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Lexington attorney Ross Ewing believes Thursday's ruling is a step in the right direction.

"We're entitled to do things like file a tax return together. We're entitled to inherit from one another tax free, Ewing explains, "that allows us to protect one another and protect the life that we've built together in the case that something happens to either one of us."

Ewing often advises same-sex couples about working to establish legal rights many couples desire.

"I can get them only so far. Nothing would be as automatic and simple as having a legally recognized marriage."

Ewing and his partner are considering getting legally married when they visit New York this summer. After Thursday's ruling, they may wait until they can marry in Kentucky.

"It would certainly mean a whole lot more to be married in the city where we live in the city that we love with the people we care about."

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