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Kentucky defends same-sex marriage ban, acknowledges different legal, social status for gays
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:58 PM EDT
Kentucky's attorney general's office says the state's same-sex marriage ban should stand but acknowledge overturning it would grant gay couples the same legal protections as straight couples.
In a filing in federal court in Louisville, Assistant Attorney General Clay Barkley asked U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II to dismiss the suit. Barkley wrote that Bourke and De Leon lack standing to challenge the law.
Kentucky changed its state constitution in 2004 to include the prohibition on same-sex marriage.