LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The state of Kentucky will appeal a ruling forcing it to recognize same sex marriages, but Attorney General Jack Conway won't be part of it.
Jack Conway became emotional Tuesday morning as he announced he wouldn't appeal last month's ruling. Shortly after his announcement, Governor Steve Beshear said the state will appeal anyway, by using outside attorneys.
"In the end, this issue is really larger than any single person, and it's about placing people over politics. For those who disagree, I can only say I am doing what I think is right," said Attorney General Conway.
Lexington attorney Ross Ewing was moved watching Conway's announcement Tuesday morning.
"Not because he made the right decision, but he was speaking so personally and he was connecting to people in a way that I've never seen him connect to people," noted Ewing.
Conway refuses to appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Governor Beshear, now without the attorney general at his side, is hiring outside council to fight the ruling.
"It just makes practical sense. I think that the odds of Judge Heyburn's ruling being overturned are extremely slim and I just don't think spending the tax payer's money on that makes a lot of sense," explained Ewing.