LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Reaction from Kentuckians to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to take up the state's gay marriage case, along with cases from several other states:
DEMOCRATIC GOV. STEVE BESHEAR
"The Supreme Court made the right decision in choosing to rule on the four pending cases regarding same sex marriage. Because the Sixth Circuit's ruling conflicts with other Circuit opinions on the same issue, this created unacceptable variances in state laws that only the Supreme Court can resolve. Any further delay in the Court's consideration of these cases would prolong the instability and uncertainty which states and families currently endure. Kentuckians, and indeed all Americans, deserve clarity and finality on this matter, and the assurance that the law will be consistent across state lines."
JACK CONWAY, ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR
"I was confident that the highest court in the country would ultimately agree to hear this case and settle the matter with certainty for all Kentuckians. As I've said before, I believe Judge Heyburn was right on the law when he issued his ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional."
JAMES COMER, AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER AND REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR
"While I don't have any influence on which cases the Supreme Court decides to hear, I personally support traditional marriage and I fully support Kentuckians who overwhelmingly voted to defend traditional marriage. This is one of the many areas on which my Democrat opponent, Jack Conway, and I disagree."
GREG BOURKE, A PLAINTIFF IN THE KENTUCKY CASE ALONG WITH HIS SPOUSE, MICHAEL DELEON
"Michael (Deleon) and I have built a life together over the last 32 years and we still feel like something is lacking with this Commonwealth in Kentucky. We still feel like our marriage is not getting the full respect that it deserves. Our family is like any other family. We have children, we have jobs, we have lives, we are very much engaged in our community and yet we don't feel like we are being treated yet as equal citizens. This movement today by the Supreme Court to take up this case is very important to us. We feel like we've been waiting it for it for so long."
RANDY JOHNSON, A PLAINTIFF IN THE KENTUCKY CASE ALONG WITH HIS SPOUSE, PAUL CAMPION
"Full protection embodies what the vows of marriage really mean and that you can take care of your spouse in hard times or in times of sickness. And it's only fair that be recognized in Kentucky as well. ... Since only one of us can currently be the legal parent of our children, each of us has legally adopted different children and we have to constantly be aware of which child legally belongs to which parent. It's necessary because only the legal parent can provide consent for medical treatment or even make medical decisions. So Paul and I are both very excited about the opportunity to have the court hear our case."
KIM FRANKLIN, A PLAINTIFF IN THE KENTUCKY CASE ALONG WITH HER SPOUSE, TAMMY BOYD
"Tammy and I, like everyone else, I think, are very excited that the court has decided to take up our case. ... Our families are no different than anyone else, we all go through the same things like everyone here has mentioned. We go to work every day, we take care of each other in sickness and health and in my case I'm a little bit under the weather today but Tammy takes good care of me and that's what we want everyone in the world to see that we do want the opportunity to be able to take care of each other and know not only does it matter but we have the ability to do that."
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