Will prominent KY Democrats “evolve” on marriage equality? (UPDATE)

In the past month, a wave of U.S. senators have come out in favor of same-sex marriage equality — even including two Republicans — now suddenly bringing equality supporters into the majority of that chamber.

With all of that “evolution” on the issue nationally, we couldn’t help but wonder if this would spread home to Kentucky, home of the 2004 constitutional amendment which prohibited the legal recognition of both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Last week, LEO Weekly asked Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Attorney General Jack Conway, state Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes what their position is on marriage equality. (None of the five have ever publicly come out in support of same-sex marriage, to our knowledge.)

The spokespersons for Beshear and Abramson said they’d get back to us (still waiting), and Edelen’s spokeswoman said the auditor is out of town and currently unavailable. Grimes’ office has yet to respond to or even acknowledge the inquiry.

But today, Conway’s office sent this response:

“With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling imminent regarding this issue, as Kentucky’s chief law officer, General Conway may be in a position to defend Kentucky’s constitutional amendment or interpret how the decision affects the amendment. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for him to comment at this time.”

Conway was openly against same-sex marriage when he ran for Senate in 2010. While he’s choosing not to weigh in right now, we’ll have to wait and see where he goes when the Supreme Court has made their decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA … unless someone asks him on camera before then, and we can all watch him squirm.

It’s highly doubtful that any of those five Democrats will join U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in supporting marriage equality, especially Abramson, Conway, Edelen and Grimes, as they all have their eyes on statewide races in the next few years, and Kentucky Democrats with such goals usually don’t stick their neck out for a just cause without polling that gives them the nerve to do so.

But if any of those folks want to prove us wrong … we’re still waiting.

**** UPDATE ****

Ladies and gents, we have a winner.

I give you Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, marriage equality supporter:

“I don’t believe government should judge which adults can and which cannot make a loving, life-long commitment to each other. That’s why both Madeline and I support marriage equality for all adults.”

Hey now!

Gov. Beshear also gave us a statement, which says absolutely nothing:

“In regard to marriage, Kentuckians overwhelmingly voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that banned same-gender marriage and have made the decision for the Commonwealth.”

This would be a good opening sentence to a 5th Grade book report, but I’m not sure this in any way answers our question…

Edelen and Grimes, you’re up next!


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