Ky. Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
A Louisville couple challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying Friday that the state isn’t treating them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples.
Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon, both 55, are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.
The men seek an injunction to stop state and local officials from enforcing the ban written into the Kentucky constitution in 2004. The lawsuit is the first such challenge in Kentucky since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had blocked married same-sex couples from receiving the same benefits as heterosexual spouses.
The high court’s majority said provisions in the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman interfered with the equal dignity of same-sex marriages in states that allowed them.
Bourke, 55, an applications consultant at Humana, and Deleon, 55, a database administrator at General Electric, were married in Ontario, Canada, in 2004.
"Like opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples build their lives together, plan their futures together and hope to grow old together," attorneys Dawn Elliott and Shannon Fauver wrote in the lawsuit.
Challenges to same-sex marriage bans have been filed in recent weeks in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and New Mexico. The American Civil Liberties Union has said challenges are also expected in Virginia, Nevada, Hawaii and Michigan.