LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville couple married in Ontario, Canada in 2004 filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky laws that don’t recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon filed the suit in federal court against Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. It asks the court to issue a permanent injunction that would require the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other locations.
Bourke and Deleon’s suit is the first such challenge in Kentucky since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law blocking married same-sex couples from receiving the same benefits as heterosexual spouses. Bourke, 55, is an applications consultant at Humana, and Deleon, also 55, is a database administrator at General Electric.
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