Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Aimed at Attorney General

Mar 18, 2014

Kentucky senators have passed a bill related to the attorney general's decision not to appeal a ruling allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages.

The bill would allow the state Senate president or House speaker to intervene in a court case when the attorney general or governor fail to defend a state law or part of the state constitution. The measure passed 31-6 Monday and now goes to the House.

The measure is an outgrowth of a judge's decision overturning parts of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban and Attorney General Jack Conway's decision not to appeal. Conway said appealing the case would be "defending discrimination."

As for the bill, Conway says the Senate should focus on creating jobs and improving education.

Governor Steve Beshear hired a private law firm to handle the appeal.