Judge Orders Kentucky to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

By NBCNews.com

Published 02/27 2014 02:55PM

Updated 02/27 2014 02:57PM

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The order, by Judge John G. Heyburn II, means that gay couples who were legally married elsewhere but live in Kentucky can change their names on state documents and obtain other benefits of married couples.

The state asked for a three-month delay. There was no immediate ruling on that from the judge.

The ruling does not mean that Kentucky itself can issue marriage licenses to gay couples. A separate lawsuit is before the same judge on that question. The last briefs are due in May.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-kentucky-must-recognize-gay-marriages-other-states-n40371

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