A federal judge in Kentucky has issued an order that effectively bans the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
U.S. District Judge John Carney issued the order Wednesday, which was issued just days after the U.K. High Court rejected an attempt to halt the issuance of marriage licenses.
Carney’s order states that the “state’s marriage laws and their issuance have no place in the Nation.”
The order said Kentucky’s marriage licenses “violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” which guarantees equal protection under the law.
Carney wrote that the state’s ban on same-year marriage violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
In the meantime, the state will be allowed to continue issuing marriage certificates to same sex couples, Carney said.
Carney issued his order after a Kentucky clerk appealed the state Supreme Court’s decision to the U