Covington couple hopeful state will recognize same-sex marriage

Judge strikes down Ky. gay marriage ban
Covington residents Carl and Terry.
Covington residents Carl and Terry.

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - By Lindsey Wopschall

U.S. district Judge John Heyburn on Tuesday said Kentucky's prohibition on gay marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by treating gay couples differently than straight couples.

Kenton County Justice of the Peace, Stephen Hoffman, says it's about time.

"I was wondering how long this was going to take. They still have a little bit more time to go, but will it go though, I don't know," he said.

Should the strike down of the Kentucky state law banning gay marriage be finalized, couples like Carl and Terry could be recognized as husband and husband in their state.

The pair have been together for 18 years and say they've always wanted a traditional marriage, but they didn't realize it would be something they'd be denied.

"At that moment I felt like a second class citizen," said Carl.

"That somebody wants what you have assumed to have already had for a long time shouldn't be something you are afraid of but should make you proud that everybody wants a piece of this," said Terry.

Today's ruling is temporarily on hold, because it will be appealed. It's not clear yet when same-sex couples could be issued marriage license in Kentucky.

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