Resource: Love v. Beshear*

By: Lambda Legal

July 1, 2014

Lambda Legal

On 2/14/14, two same-sex couples moved to intervene in what was Bourke v. Beshear (after the judge granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs in that case, which raised only marriage recognition claims) to raise freedom to marry claims. That motion was granted and the judge renamed the new case. A motion for preliminary injunction was denied 2/2/14. The Attorney General was ordered dismissed as a defendant on 3/24/14. Plaintiffs-Intervenors filed motions for summary judgment and immediate injunctive relief on 4/18/14. On 7/1/14, the trial court ruled in favor of plaintiffs, concluding that Kentucky’s marriage ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The trial court stayed its ruling pending an appeal. Appellees filed a motion to consolidate the appeal with the Bourke case, above, which was granted. See post-consolidation entries for Bourke v. Beshear, above, which apply equally to this case.