KYmarriage 300x133 Federal Judge Rules Kentucky Must Recognize Out Of State Same Sex MarriagesKentucky is one step closer to becoming a full marriage state, after today’s ruling that there is no compelling reason for Kentucky to refuse to recognize out of state same-sex marriages:

In a ruling that could open the door to gay marriage in Kentucky, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II joined nine other federal and state courts in invalidating such bans.

Ruling in a suit brought by four gay and lesbian couples, Heyburn said that while “religious beliefs … are vital to the fabric of society … assigning a religious or traditional rationale for a law does not make it constitutional when that law discriminates against a class of people without other reasons.”

Heyburn said “it is clear that Kentucky’s laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.”

Freedom To Marry points out that Heyburn is a Republican appointee.