This is what courage looks like!
Earlier this month, a federal judge overturned a ban on same-sex unions and granted statewide recognition to gay couples of Kentucky who were married in other states.
So, while same-sex marriages are still not legal in the Bluegrass State, any marriages performed in states where it IS legal would be recognized, giving couples permission to change their names to that of their spouse, file joint tax returns, and any other benefits that are awarded to a married couple in Kentucky.
Sounds awesome, right?!
Well, the ruling (no surprise) was met with much condemnation from the social conservatives of Kentucky, including from Democratic Governor Steve Beshear.
Yeah, a Democrat is against this!
He announced that the state would appeal this decision in hopes to reinforce the ban that Kentucky voters overwhelmingly supported back in 2004.
But the state’s Attorney General, Jack Conway, has decided to stand up AGAINST discrimination and is refusing to be a part of the appeal!
At his press conference, Conway was overcome with emotion, choking up as he said:
"I would be defending discrimination. In the end, this issue is really larger than any single person and it's about placing people above politics.”
Mr. Attorney General, you made the right decision!
Moments after making his brave announcement however, Beshear issued a statement saying the state would appeal the ruling with or without Conway’s counsel! Kentucky will now hire outside lawyers to lead them in a case to bring back the discriminatory policy!
Congratulations on unquestionably being on the wrong side of history, Governor! You’ve no doubt brought shame to your state!
Watch A.G. Conway make his historical remarks in the video (below)!
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