Judge issues rule on same-sex marriage in Kentucky

February 27
KENTUCKY
Same-sex marriages’ recognition ordered

A federal judge signed an order Thursday directing state officials to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. It makes his Feb. 12 ruling official. The order doesn’t affect a related lawsuit seeking to force the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The order came just hours after Kentucky’s attorney general asked for a 90-day delay to decide whether to appeal the earlier ruling.

Heyburn’s final order did not mention the request for a stay.

— Associated Press

UTAH
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston mayor may boycott parade

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is threatening to boycott the parade for St. Patrick’s Day unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York’s mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups.

Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday that he has been trying to broker a deal with the city’s parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group, sponsored by MassEquality, to march in this year’s parade. Allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue, he said.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.

The New York parade dates from 1762 and draws more than 1 million people every year.

Since the 1990s, the event’s ban on pro-gay signs has sparked protests and lawsuits.

— Associated Press

Congressman will not seek reelection: Rep. Ed Pastor, who at 70 is the senior member of Arizona’s House delegation, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term. He has been in Congress for 23 years. The Democrat’s decision to not run for reelection is expected to set the stage for a contested primary in Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, a heavily Hispanic area in Phoenix.

Brown to run again for office: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection this year, an expected step into a contest in which he is the favorite. Brown, 75, has been bankrolling campaign funds for months. Democrats hold every statewide office and control both chambers of the legislature. Brown’s Republican rivals for the post include former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

Judge sets Oct. 14 trial for Holmes: A Colorado judge on Thursday set a trial date of Oct. 14 for James Holmes, who is accused of fatally shooting 12 people at a movie theater in 2012. But Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said the trial may be further delayed as prosecutors and defense attorneys spar over sanity evaluations of Holmes.

— From news services

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