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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 www.hrc.org/scotus.
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.