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Ky. Gay Marriage Supporters Chart Their Course

Associated Press

With a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage rights on the horizon, it’s unclear what shape the debate might take in Kentucky in the coming months, but several groups want to make sure the conversation doesn’t stop.

Freedom to Marry and the Campaign for Southern Equality teamed up Tuesday for a town hall meeting that drew close to a hundred people. The goal: Putting a face on the issue of same-sex marriage.

"The most important thing is we’re not that different than any other family. We just happen to be two men raising our family together," Michael De Leon told WKYT-TV.

For De Leon and his partner, Greg Burke, there is a lot riding on the high court decision – from financial matters, such as the ability to check off the “married” box on employer tax withholdings, to the status of their children.

"We’ll get the birth certificate for the children changed, reflect their true parentage, with us as their parents. Because, you know, in Kentucky only one of us can be on the birth certificate,” De Leon says.

The Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments in six consolidated marriage cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan next month, with a ruling expected in June.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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