Today, Judge John Heyburn of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky issued an opinion and order in the case of Bourke v. Beshear, a challenge to the Kentucky and federal laws which prevent legally married same-sex couples from receiving the same recognition and benefits as opposite-sex spouses.
His ruling: Kentucky's laws are unconstitutional.
This is a huge victory for all Kentuckians, because any law which violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment is an affront to the liberty and dignity of everyone. While many who oppose equality on religious or traditional grounds will no doubt be confused or angered by this decision, the decision's reasoning and result are just.
I am proud to have worked with such excellent clients and colleagues on this case, and am overjoyed by the result. Though the Order issued today by Judge Heyburn is not yet final, and the state of Kentucky still has the opportunity to file an appeal, we have taken the first step toward total marriage equality in a "red" state where the majority sentiment unfortunately remains opposed to liberty for all.