Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Receives Assurances From U of L That Opinion Will Be Honored
Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that the University of Louisville has agreed to abide by his recent Attorney General’s Opinion finding domestic partner benefits to be in violation of the Kentucky Constitution. (See attached letters.)
“Kentucky’s flagship universities have recently needed a reminder as to Constitutional limits in providing domestic partner benefits to employees,” Stumbo said. “As the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer, I enforce the Marriage Amendment to the Kentucky Constitution, and offer legal guidance to the Trustees of the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky.
“Governor Fletcher appoints a majority of these Trustees to set policy for the schools,” Stumbo continued. “Of his eleven (11) appointed Trustees, nine (9) voted for the unconstitutional benefits plan that violated the Marriage Amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution. I stepped in to correct this problem by issuing an opinion on June 1, 2007, setting out the controlling law. The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have now agreed to abide by the requirements of the Marriage Amendment, averting the need for legal action. I applaud the Trustees for this responsible action.
“Some political extremists still attack the Trustees’ actions, and I think this is unfair,” Stumbo cautioned. “The Governor selected these prominent citizens to keep Kentucky’s universities competitive and modern. Although the Trustees erred in extending domestic partner benefits to a narrow class of people, they have promptly taken corrective action in light of my recent opinion upholding the Marriage Amendment. I urge concerned citizens to be patient with the Governor’s appointees as they revise their position to comply with my Opinion.
“Let’s all support the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky as they strive to provide our children with first rate educations,” the Attorney General concluded. “The Trustees must have the freedom to explore new ideas. By remaining closely involved in higher education issues, I will continue to protect this important process from political extremists who seek to hijack our children’s futures for selfish political gain.”
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