Greg Bourke was an MBA student at the University of Kentucky in 1981 when he met Michael DeLeon at a Lexington bar. They were married in Canada and have two adopted children. On March 22, 2001, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Louisville gynecologist challenging Louisville and Jefferson County orders prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, meaning that the two orders, which are identical, will take effect when the merger takes effect [R4.2]. That day, when the verdict was announced, Kim and Tammy traveled to Louisville, where they saw two of their friends, Tim Love and Larry Ysunza, getting married in the employee`s office while new marriage licenses were being printed. They were plaintiffs in Love v. Beshear, a case that challenged the ban on same-sex marriage in Kentucky and sought the right to marry after being denied a marriage license. The two cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Liebe v. Beshear were examined by the United States. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. No other well-known municipality offers home-to-home services to same-sex couples.
On September 23, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning in April Miller et al. v. Kim Davis dismissed Kim Davis` urgent application for a stay of the court`s September 3, 2015 preliminary injunction filed by Kim Davis [C2.51], [R2.50] for same-sex marriage. Salyer, 58, was born and raised in Magoffin County, which cast the highest percentage of votes in 2004 with 94 percent for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. 14. In February 2014, a “motion to intervene” was filed on behalf of two couples seeking to have U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn expand his recent decision in the case of “Gregory Bourke et al v. Steve Beshear et al” and declare that denying same-sex marriage licenses violates the U.S.
Constitution [C2.10]. [R2.9]. In February 2014, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ruled that Kentucky must respect same-sex marriages legally contracted in other states. His decision has been stayed pending a decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. On February 14, 2014, two other couples filed a motion to intervene in Bourke`s case and challenge Kentucky`s constitutional ban on freedom to marry in Love v Beshear. Judge Heyburn struck down Kentucky`s ban on same-sex marriage freedom on July 1, 2014.
In both cases, an appeal was filed with the Sixth Circuit. On November 6, the Sixth Circuit ruled that Kentucky`s ban on same-sex marriage did not violate the Constitution. On August 12, 2015, Judge David Bunning of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Miller v. Davis ruled that it had to issue the licences. Bunning suspended his decision until Aug. 31 at Davis` request. On August 26, 2015, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Judicial District upheld Judge Bunning`s decision and rejected Davis` request to extend the stay, noting that “she had little or no chance of success on the merits of the appeal.”  On August 31, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an urgent request for an extension by Davis.  1. In September 2015, the plaintiff couples again tried to obtain marriage licenses, but Davis again refused, in direct defiance of the court order. The plaintiffs immediately filed a motion to detain Davis for contempt of court.
On September 3, 2015, Justice Bunning arrested Davis, finding that his refusal to issue marriage licenses or allow his assistant employees to do so constituted contempt of court.   As of September 4, 2015, five of the six assistant employees of the Rowan`s County Clerk`s Office began issuing marriage licenses to couples, with Davis refusing to approve these licenses even in prison.   In August 2020, a Trump-appointed district judge allowed a Kentucky photographer to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding because of a person`s religious affiliation and beliefs.   In a landmark decision that reshapes the definition of the American family, the Supreme Court on Friday struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Kentucky and across the country, ruling that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. Martin Cothran, a senior analyst at the Family Foundation of Kentucky, which promoted the 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage or its recognition, said the decision had “nothing to do with the interpretation of the Constitution” and “everything to do with an elite caste of judges who think they have the power to rewrite it.” On April 16, 2015, Judge Thomas Wingate of the Franklin Circuit Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in Kentucky, but stayed his order pending the U.S. Supreme Court`s decision on same-sex marriage [R2.30]. Many LGBTQ rights advocates argue that this law is against LGBTQ and that religious freedom is just a cover to restrict the rights of LGBTQ students. In addition, there is also concern that this legislation applies to public schools that receive federal funding and are therefore subject to many of its public education rules and restrictions.
On May 15, 2017, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to seek a discretionary review of the Kentucky Commonwealth Court of Appeals` May 12, 2017 decision, in which the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the appeal, Hands on Originals, Inc. and ruled that it did not discriminate by refusing to create T-shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival. in 2012 [D4.9]. [R4.8]. Kentucky voters approved by a 75 percent majority in 2004 a constitutional amendment stating that “only a marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in the State,” and in a recent bluegrass poll, more than half of registered voters continued to oppose it. On July 26, 2013, a same-sex couple legally married in Canada filed a lawsuit in the United States.