Whitley County Fiscal Court passes resolution aimed at banning same-sex marriage

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

It's an issue that's sparking a national debate and now an Eastern Kentucky official is hoping to make a statement when it comes to
same-sex marriages.

The Whitley County Fiscal Court passed a resolution aimed at banning same-sex marriages.

This is not law binding.

It's a request for lawmakers to pass legislation for a constitutional amendment.

Judge Executive Pat White Junior says he hopes his resolution makes its way to Washington.

The debate in California is what prompted White to write.

"I think the majority of people believe that traditional marriage should be protected in this country. I think people ought to have the right to make the decision on this issue," said White.

The resolution states "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in these United States".

"I do have moral objections to gay marriage... that's a part of it. There is another part of it that a court should not be making decisions that's in opposite of the law and 45 states of the union. I think people ought to have a right to have their say in this issue," said White.

"I think it is a complete joke. It's coming from a judge executive who has no political or executive authority. I think that it's pathetic," said Jordan Palmer with Kentucky Equality Federation.

Opponents call the resolution a step in the wrong direction.

"It is a step back...if it's inspired by tradition, or just plain old fashion bigotry. I think we should be teaching our children about diversity because diversity in our commonwealth makes us strong. It does not make us weak," said Palmer.

The Whitley County Fiscal Court passed the resolution with no votes against.

White has sent this resolution to the Kentucky House and Senate along with all the counties in the state.

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