FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11)—Gov. Steve Beshear has made his choice for counsel in his appeal of the same-sex marriage ruling.
Beshear said after reviewing responses the state has chosen VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann, LLP of Ashland, Kentucky to represent them in the appeal, since Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway refused to appeal Judge Heyburn's ruling.
The firm will be the states counsel of record for all aspects of the case from this point forward. This includes the issues still pending with Judge Heyburn.
They will also serve as counsel for any separate cases that spawn from the ruling, including pending action in Franklin Circuit Court.
According to the press release from Beshear’s office the law firm as “considerable experience in arguing before federal courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.”
Beshear said in the press release that he is confident that the firm will represent the Commonwealth well.
The governor released a statement after Conway refused in a news conference on March 4, that said he would seek outside counsel to appeal the ruling.
That came just days after Judge Heyburn confirmed his ruling, saying part of Kentucky’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution.