Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky announced today (March 4, 2014) that the state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed outside the state, the USA Today website reports.
Beshear said in a written statement that the potential for "legal chaos is real" if a delay is not issued in the case while it is appealed.
"Other Kentucky courts may reach different and conflicting decisions," Beshear said. "Employers, health care providers, governmental agencies and others faced with changing rules need a clear and certain roadmap."
Beshear's announcement came moments after state Attorney General Jack Conway's emotional announcement that he would not appeal U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's ruling and would not pursue any more stays. By appealing, Conway said, he would be defending discrimination, "and that I will not do."