Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Kentucky, rules U.S. district judge.

This incremental step towards marriage equality in Kentucky partially voids a constitutional ban, passed by voters in 2004 by a 3 to 1 vote (!!!), to ban any recognition of same-sex marriage in Kentucky.

The amendment, which currently reads


Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

Will be changed to allow Kentucky to not perform same-sex marriages while still making Kentucky recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Kentucky. The WaPo article linked above includes this very stereotypical response to the news:

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Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization with 750,000 members, called the ruling "tragic and disappointing."

"This decision moves us down the slippery slope toward launching Kentucky into moral chaos and depriving children of their innate need of both a father and a mother," Chitwood said. "I pray the appeals process will honor the Commonwealth's constitution and protect her children."

Unmentioned by Chitwood is that Kentucky's laws banned blacks from marrying whites from 1792 to 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court finally told them they couldn't be racist jerks anymore. Kentucky has long been proud to not be launched into the moral chaos of letting blacks and whites the gays marry, and Kentucky will happily continue to cause tragedy and disappointment.