Bourke/Love v. Beshear - Brief Stay Granted

On Thursday, February 26, 2014, the Defendants in the case of Bourke v. Beshear requested a 90-day stay of the effective date of Judge John Heyburn's final order. That order ruled that Kentucky's marriage laws are unconstitutional insofar as they deny recognition of valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

Today, a conference was held for parties to argue over the stay. In a three-page memorandum and order, Judge Heyburn granted the Defendants' motion, but only for 21 days, not the requested 90. That means his order takes full effect on March 20, 2014.

Also today, Judge Heyburn ordered that the name of the case be modified to Love et al. v. Beshear et al., to reflect the transition to the intervening complaint filed by four new plaintiffs led by Timothy Love. The case will now address Kentucky's ban on in-state same-sex marriages.

Going forward, any discussion of the case in this blog will be titled "Love v. Beshear."