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Kentucky to hire outside counsel for appeal in marriage equality

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the commonwealth will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge's decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries.

Beshear's announcement Tuesday came moments after Attorney General Jack Conway said he would not ask a higher court to review the decision.

"There are those who believe it's my mandatory duty, regardless of my personal opinion, to continue to defend this case through the appellate process.  And I have heard from many of them.  However, I came to the inescapable conclusion that, if I did so, I would be defending discrimination," Conway said.
Last week a federal judge gave Kentucky until March 20th to implement a ruling overturning a voter-imposed ban on recognizing same-sex unions.

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