Kentucky's marriage battle

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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:09am

Attorney general says he won't challenge order to recognize same-sex unions from other states; governor vows to hire private counsel to keep up the fight. Leigh Searcy reports.

(WLEX) Two top Kentucky Democrats are on opposite sides of the state's hotly debated same-sex marriage battle.

Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday that he would not fight a federal court ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex unions legally performed in other states.

Conway teared up revealing his decision not to appeal the federal judge's order.

"In the end this issue is really larger than any single person it's about placing people over politics. For those who disagree, I can only say that I'm doing what I think is right," he said.

Soon after Conway's announcement Governor Steve Beshear released his own statement saying he will appeal the decision using outside counsel.

Beshear stated the definition of marriage in Kentucky and other states will be and should be "ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in order to bring finality and certainty to this matter."

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