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Governor Beshear and GOP Candidate Matt Bevin Comment on Same Sex Marriage Ruling

KENTUCKY (06/26/15) – Today, June 26, 2015, a Supreme Court ruling was announced that same-sex marriage is now legal in all states, including Kentucky.

The following are statements by Governor Steve Beshear and GOP nominee for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin regarding this ruling.

“The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided,” said Governor Beshear. “That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.

Kentuckians, and indeed all Americans, deserved a final determination of what the law in this country would be, and that is the reason we pursued an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Today’s opinion finally provides that clarity.

All Cabinets of the executive branch have been directed to immediately alter any policies necessary to implement the decision from the Supreme Court.

Effective today, Kentucky will recognize as valid all same-sex marriages performed in other states and in Kentucky. I have instructed the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives to provide revised marriage license forms to our county clerks for immediate use, beginning today. We will report additional expected policy changes in the coming days.”

Matt Bevin said, “I strongly disagree with today's ruling by the Supreme Court. When the definition of marriage was put on the ballot 10 years ago, 74% of Kentuckians made it clear that they supported traditional marriage. Since that time, however, activist judges have chosen to ignore the will of the people, and to ignore the Constitutional principle of state's rights. I agree with Justice Scalia when in his dissent he stated:

"Today's decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court."

"This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves."

"Today's regrettable ruling is also the result of elected officials failing to defend the law. When Kentucky's marriage law was under attack by the courts, our own Attorney General, Jack Conway, abandoned his oath of office, and chose not to defend it. Jack Conway's failure to do his job and defend our laws in Kentucky disqualifies him from being elected to the office of Governor. How can voters trust him not to break his oath again?"

Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear and Matt Bevin
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