LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is set to take up two cases that could determine the future of same-sex marriages in Kentucky.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the cases as part of a series of hearings on similar lawsuits across four states on Wednesday.
Kentucky's cases stem from rulings earlier this year by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville that the state's ban on recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages and the state's prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violated the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them." Heyburn stopped implementation of the rulings pending appeal.
A three-judge panel will also hear arguments on similar rulings from Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.