FRANKFORT, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) filed an amicus curiae brief Wednesday evening, Sept. 2.
"I am requesting Judge Bunning delay, withhold or temper his ruling in this case until the General Assembly has an opportunity to establish new frameworks under Kentucky law," Senate President Stivers said. "The Supreme Court ruling has completely obliterated the definition of marriage and the process for obtaining a marriage license in Kentucky. The General Assembly will be compelled to amend many sections of Kentucky law, not just for the issuance of marriage licenses, to comply with the recent Supreme Court decision."
Stivers' brief places pertinent facts before U.S. District Judge David Bunning regarding the current state of Kentucky law and the legislative process. It emphasizes that under the Kentucky Constitution only one individual, the Governor, is vested with the power to call the General Assembly into an extraordinary session to act on time sensitive issues, just like this one. It also points out that absent a special session the Governor may issue an executive order which could be codified by the General Assembly in January 2016.