A federal judge has struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
U.S. District Judge John Heyburn ruled the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
Heyburn's 23-page ruling says Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them. The judge writes that while, “religious beliefs ... are vital to the fabric of society ... assigning a religious or traditional rationale for a law does not make it constitutional when that law discriminates against a class of people without other reasons.”
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by gays and lesbians in Kentucky. Judge Heyburn did not rule that Kentucky must allow gay marriages to be performed.