(LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER) FRANKFORT — A federal judge on Wednesday gave Gov. Steve Beshear an indefinite delay in a court order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II agreed to stay his Feb. 27 ruling on same-sex marriages "until further order" of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, to which Beshear formally appealed the case this week. Heyburn's temporary stay in the case had been set to expire after Thursday.
"It is best that these momentous changes occur upon full review, rather than risk premature implementation or confusing changes. That does not serve anyone well," Heyburn wrote in his four-page order.
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The governor applauded the decision.