Same-Sex marriage

Cheri Lawson

There was a time, not long ago, when the topper on a wedding cake was a bride in a white dress and a groom in a tux. But marriage has evolved and gender is no longer a defining attribute.Society’s increasing acceptance of gays and lesbians and the Supreme Court ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriage have focused attention on sexual orientation.When men and women who have been in heterosexual marriages come “out of the closet,” WNKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, the partners they leave behind often find themselves wondering where to turn.

courtesy Rowan County Court

Update: NPR's Eyder Peralta reports the first couple Friday who applied for a marriage license in Rowan County did get the license.

A Kentucky County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses since the legalization of same-sex marriage is in jail.

Federal Judge David Bunning Thursday found Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court. Davis defied multiple court orders to provide marriage licenses based on her religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex marriage.

Cheri Lawson

The nation’s highest court says it will decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry anywhere in the U.S. WNKU's Cheri Lawson reports a ruling is expected by early this summer.

In November, a federal panel in Cincinnati  upheld  bans on same-sex marriage in four states  -- Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan.

 The Supreme Court justices will review that ruling in April and a decision is expected by late June. 

Laura Landenwich, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Kentucky case, says this is a big day.

Cheri Lawson

Supporters of gay marriage rallied and a few opponents prayed outside a courthouse in Cincinnati Wednesday. 

 That's where judges were hearing oral arguments  for and against bans on same-sex marriage in four states. (Ohio,Kentucky,Michigan and Tennessee). WNKU's Cheri Lawson reports