In a brief filed this week in a case challenging Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, Governor Steve Beshear's administration argues that the ban should be upheld because it is not biased.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on April 28, with a ruling expected in June.

Lawyers representing the state argue that the ban does not “discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation” because it applies evenly to all citizens.

“Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral,” the brief states. “Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law.”

Dan Canon, a lawyer representing the six couples challenging the ban, responded: “Kentucky is in essence saying that our clients are precluded from marriage entirely, unless they change their sexual orientation. … It's akin to passing a law banning all Catholic churches within city limits, and then saying it's not discriminatory because you can still go to a Baptist church.”

(Brief provided by Equality Case Files.)