Ky. couple plans to sue after being denied marriage license

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 6:18 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A same-sex couple was denied a marriage license Thursday and now they plan to take legal action against Kentucky.
 
Timothy Love and Larry Yzunza live in Kentucky and have been together for 33 years.  They went to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office to request a marriage license.
 
The employee responded to their request by saying, “under Kentucky law, we do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
 
Love and Yzunza said that all changed as of Wednesday after U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn issued his opinion requiring Kentucky to honor same-sex marriage licenses given in states that allow gay marriage.  His basis was previous cases, which claim same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
 
“We feel like it’s time to move forward,” said Timothy Love.  “If marriages in other states have to be recognized in Kentucky, then why can’t people just get married here?  And have same-sex marriage here.”
 
Three of their lawyers came with them to the clerk’s office, and the couple plans to take legal action to make gay marriage legal across the Commonwealth.
 
"We want to be treated as equals,” said Love.  “We love Kentucky.  We want to stay here."
 
A license would also make it easier to deal with hospitalizations and finances.
 
"A legal document would validate what we have,” said Larry Yzunza.
 

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