Editor's note: This news, fresh out of Kentucky will have implications for Indiana, should the state enact HJR 3, seeing as Kentucky's constitutional amendment, like the original language set forth in HJR 3, prohibits the recognition of same-sex couples.
Judge John G. Heyburn II of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky at Louisville this week issued the following:
"IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [sections] of the Kentucky Constitution deny validly married same-sex couples equal recognition and benefits under Kentucky and federal law, they violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
"The Court will set a hearing in the near future to discuss the appropriate form of relief and the timing of its effect.
This is not a final order."
The Indiana Senate will convene at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to hold its second reading of HJR 3, a process that could see the bill amended, passed as is or killed. More to come ...