Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky.– “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.  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.”

– Governor Steve Beshear.

*Click here for a letter from the Governor sent today to Kentucky’s county clerks regarding marriage licenses.*