The Kentucky Equality Federation has filed a lawsuit seeking to take down the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. According to the KEF, the 2004 amendment to the Kentucky Constitution violates the constitution itself.
The KEF notes that “Specifically, the marriage amendment violates Section 2 in addition to Sections 1, 3, 59, and 60. In addition, Section 26 of the Kentucky Bill of Rights, which states, ‘To guard against transgression of the high powers which we have delegated, We Declare that everything in this Bill of Rights is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate; and all laws contrary thereto, or contrary to this Constitution, shall be void.’”
Simply put, the 2004 amendment should be voided, according to the lawsuit.
KEF President Jordan Palmer stated that “In 2004, social conservatives, who normally try to hide behind the Constitution, decided that it wasn’t good enough for them anymore. They decided to rewrite a document which guarantees freedom and to pervert it to fit their own jaded hatred of gay and lesbian couples. This was done despite the fact that it negated part of the bill of rights. We, as Kentuckians, must undo this immoral amendment which subverts the soul of our Commonwealth, our rights, and the government of Kentucky.”
KEF Vice President of Policy and Public Relations Joshua Koch added that “Fear of the LGBTI community reached a high-water mark after DOMA. Roving bands of lobbyists funded by extremist elements traveled the country for years vandalizing generations-old institutions and spreading lies and fear in several states. In 2004, they struck Kentucky, traditionally a leader in the region on civil rights, and managed to apply their graffiti to the Constitution, which had been in effect for 113 years. We are simply trying to undo the damage done.”
The KEF is one of the leading LGBT groups in Kentucky. Theirs is the latest lawsuit challenging a ban on same-sex marriage to emerge since the US Supreme Court struck down the Section 2 of the Defense of Marriage Act in June.