A federal judge has put his own ruling
ordering Kentucky officials to recognize the legal out-of-state
marriages of gay and lesbian couples on hold for three weeks.
State officials asked U.S. District
Judge John G. Heyburn II for a 90-day stay on his ruling handed down
Thursday. Heyburn gave the state until March 20 to comply. State
officials have not said whether they plan on pursuing an appeal.
must recognize out-of-state marriages of gay couples, judge rules.)
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are four gay
and lesbian couples who want Kentucky to recognize their marriages
celebrated in a separate state or country.
A separate suit before the same judge
seeks to allow gay couples to marry in Kentucky.