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Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in Kentucky on Thursday, but has stayed the effect of his order pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.

"This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right," Wingate said in his ruling. "Kentucky's efforts to deny lawfully married same-sex couples the benefits of that marriage, and to deny other same-sex couples the right to marry at all, does not survive substantive due process scrutiny."

Oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges are scheduled for April 28. A decision is expected in June or early July. For more on the case before the Supreme Court, visit

Currently, 37 states plus the District of Columbia have marriage equality on the books. A decision from the Supreme Court has the potential to bring marriage equality nationwide.

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