Kentucky gay marriage ban upheld
A federal appeals court upheld bans against gay marriage in four state on Thursday, including Kentucky and Tennessee.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel admitted gay marriage is likely to be legal across the country one day, but that it is a state issue, not a court issue.
The U.S. Supreme Court stopped taking up state cases regarding gay marriage in October because all of the Circuit Courts seemed to agree states shouldn’t ban same sex marriages, until now.
For them it came as a surprise. “It’s a decision that’s on the wrong side of history,” said Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry. “It flies in the face of where the people are.”
But opponents says the opinion is dead on and a panel of people shouldn’t make the decisions for everyone else. “As we know the United States of America is governed of the people, by the people, for the people and they should not be silenced by a small group of people in black robes,” said Kent Ostrander, Family Foundation.
Both agree through that the highest court should step-in, but both seem to think that if and when they do, it will help them win the argument once and for all.
“We need one answer and the answer is that this country is better then discriminating against gay and lesbian couples and their families,” said Solomon.
“We’re very optimistic that we can win this because it is a state’s right issue we could win at the Supreme Court level,” said Ostrander.
The couples are appealing the case and have 90 days to file that appeal. The Supreme Court has 30 days to respond.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear released a statement about the ruling Thursday afternoon, agreeing that the country needs a Supreme Court decision and urging them to go it soon.