Steven R. Wilson Discusses Judge’s Recent Decision on Gay Marriage in Kentucky with Business First Louisville
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorney Steven R. Wilson was recently featured in the Business First Louisville article entitled, “Judge says Kentucky must recognize gay marriage.”
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled Kentucky statutes which declare out-of-state same-sex marriages void are unconstitutional. Kentucky’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage, passed in 2004, originally included a provision declaring that out-of-state same-sex marriages would not be recognized. That provision, having been ruled unconstitutional, is now in question pending appeal.
“This opinion deals only with marriages that are recognized from other states,” said Wilson, “…it rules that Kentucky has to recognize marriages that are valid in other states.” Wilson pointed out that the ruling was in line with a string of other rulings across the United States following the opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor.
The article discussed the business implications surrounding the decision and referenced the recent controversy in Arizona when proposed legislation purported to give private owners with certain religious beliefs the right to deny service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered customers. Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer vetoed the bill eventually after the situation made the NFL even consider moving the 2015 Super Bowl.
Wilson was quoted saying, “There are not very good business implications for a state that takes a position against equality.”
To see Wilson’s full interview in the article please click here.