LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A couple who married in Ontario in 2004 filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky laws that don't recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month giving full federal recognition to legally married gay couples, Gregory Bourke and Michael De Leon of Louisville decided the time was right to ask a federal judge to require Kentucky to give same-sex couples married outside the state the same rights as heterosexual couples.
"There's no reason why we should be second-class citizens," De Leon said. "We should be at the table with everybody else."
Kentucky has had a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in its constitution since 2004.