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Federal ruling that Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages placed on hold

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A federal judge has put on hold his ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The decision was made shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday.

Judge John Heyburn held a hearing a couple of hours earlier, and has now issued his ruling delaying enforcement of his order until March 20.

Assistant Attorney General Clay Barkley said a delay is needed to avoid chaos. Barkley said the Commonwealth and the counties need more time to implement Judge Heyburn's order. This is all new territory, and Barkley said the AG's office has been flooded with calls from county clerks wanting guidance.

The Commonwealth had requested a 90-day delay, but Judge Heyburn approved a stay of just three weeks.

"Now that the judge has entered a final order and issued a 21-day stay, the Attorney General and I will be discussing what our next steps will be.  We will make a decision promptly," Governor Beshear said in a statement. 

Attorney General Jack Conway and Gov. Beshear have 30 days to decide whether to appeal the original ruling overturning part of Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage -- and both sides are putting on the pressure.

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