A gay couple married in Canada filed a federal lawsuit Friday asking that their 2004 marriage be recognized by the state of Kentucky.

Plaintiffs Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon from Louisville name Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw as defendants in filing their lawsuit.

The couple seeks a permanent injunction ordering Kentucky officials to recognize the out-of-state legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, The Courier-Journal first reported.

Bourke is an applications consultant, while Deleon is a database administrator. Both are 55.

“Like opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples build their lives together, plan their futures together and hope to grow old together,” the lawsuit states in part.

The lawsuit is part of a rash of legal filings filed in multiple states soon after the Supreme Court eviscerated the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June. The high court's majority ruled unconstitutional DOMA's provision prohibiting federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples. Its decision also chided lawmakers for legalizing discrimination.

In most, if not all, of the cases filed in its wake, plaintiffs are drawing on the decision to support their claims.

In one such case, a federal judge ordered Ohio officials to recognize the Maryland marriage of a gay couple. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has vowed to defend the state's marriage law.

Kentucky voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

(Related: Gay couple challenges Virginia's gay marriage ban.)