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Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Kentucky are not legally recognized as spouses even if they were married in a marriage equality state or country.
Here is a run-down on Kentucky law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: On November 9, 1973, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled in Jones v. Hallahan that two women were properly denied a marriage license based on dictionary definitions of marriage, despite the fact that state statutes do not restrict marriage to a female-male couple. Its decision said that “in substance, the relationship proposed … is not a marriage.”
Kentucky voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2004 that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman and prohibited the recognition of same-sex relationships under any other name.Similar restrictions appear in the state statutes as well.
Kentucky has extended hospital visitation rights to same-sex couples through a designated visitor statute.
On July 26, 2013, Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon, who have been together for 31 years and were married in Ontario in 2004, and Deleon’s two adopted children filed suit in federal court challenging Kentucky’s refusal to recognize the validity of their marriage and its denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples generally. The children are a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy; Bourke is their legal guardian.
2 Adoption Law: Kentucky permits adoption by individuals or married couples only. There are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples; however, a 2008 decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals interprets existing Kentucky statutes as not allowing second parent adoption by couples who are unmarried or whose marriages are not recognized under Kentucky law.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Kentucky statutes cover hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not gender identity.
4 Sodomy Law: In 1992 the Kentucky Supreme Court decriminalized consensual sodomy. The statute remains on the books but remains unenforceable.
5Public Opinion: Like a number of Southern states in the U.S., Kentucky has generally been seen as one of the most socially conservative states, with recent polls indicating that only 27 percent of Kentuckians support same-sex marriage, making it the third least supportive state behind Mississippi and West Virginia. Several cities in the state prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Louisville-based Fairness Campaign, founded in 1991, is the state’s oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization in operation.In 2008, a Fairness Coalitionwas formed to collectively advance LGBT anti-discrimination protections in the commonwealth; its members are the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and Lexington Fairness.
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