Stumbo: Seum's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Likely Not Needed

Feb 28, 2014

Kentucky state Sen. Dan Seum (R-Louisville)
Credit Kentucky LRC

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that an idea by a Republican lawmaker to allow third-parties to appeal a federal ruling striking down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage wouldn’t require a change in state law.

Sen. Dan Seum told Kentucky Public Radio that he plans to file a bill that would allow other groups to appeal a decision by federal Judge John Heyburn that the state must recognize same-sex marriage from out-of-state or from another country if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to.

Stumbo, a former Attorney General, says that such a law likely wouldn’t be needed, as the current process would allow for other parties to intervene.

“The case is still alive, and the same rules apply. And so it would be within the discretion of the court to determine whether or not the court would believe it would be too late to allow that," added Stumbo.

Gov. Steve Beshear says such talk is “premature,” and that he and Conway will make a decision on whether to appeal “soon.”