A federal judge has struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that gay couples have the right to marry in the Bluegrass State.
“In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted,” U.S. District court Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote in the ruling.
The judge stayed the ruling pending an appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court, meaning same-sex weddings are not yet allowed in the state.
Earlier this year, Heyburn ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where the weddings are legal.
Tuesday’s ruling is the latest in a string of 18 straight rulings in favor of marriage equality since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last June.