- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014
Gay marriage cases from 4 states go before judges

CINCINNATI (AP) - Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey and Deborah L. Cook made it clear fairly quickly they stood on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Their colleague, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, however, gave fewer hints as to where he may come down when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of gay marriage bans in four states.

The cases heard Wednesday pit states’ rights and conservative values against what plaintiffs’ attorneys say is a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

If the 6th Circuit decides against gay marriage, it would create a divide among federal appeals courts and put pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue during its 2015 session. The appeals panel did not indicate when it would rule.

Daughtrey’s comments and questions Wednesday displayed bewilderment at arguments for upholding the laws and Cook several times stepped in to make the point for the states’ more clearly than their attorneys. Sutton showed skepticism as gay couples from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee pushed to require their states to recognize their marriages elsewhere or allow them to be married in their home states. He also repeatedly pressed attorneys for the states on the logic behind their arguments.

Attorneys for the same-sex couples focused heavily on two main points: the discriminatory nature of the laws and the slow pace and expense of changing state constitutions as well as the federal Constitution.

Laura Landenwich, a Louisville, Kentucky, attorney representing same-sex couples from that state, said sometimes democracy doesn’t keep up with the will of the public.


Summary of gay marriage cases before appeals court

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at them:



Kentucky has two cases, including a lawsuit filed by three couples last year seeking to have their marriages recognized by the state.

Plaintiff’s attorney Laura Landenwich told the judges that Kentucky’s law doesn’t have a rational purpose and discriminates against same-sex couples. Waiting for voters to change the law is not an option, Landenwich said.

“There is a limit to the democratic process,” Landenwich said. “The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the minority from the will of the majority in a democratic society.”


Fort Campbell to tighten access to post

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Visitors to Fort Campbell will soon need more than a driver’s license to get on post.

The Army will require people to go to the visitor center at Gate 4 to obtain a pass and be subject to a criminal history check starting Aug. 15. A Department of Defense-issued identification card will still suffice to access the post.

Fort Campbell spokesman Robert Jenkins told The Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1ya8tyZhttps://leafne.ws/1ya8tyZ ) says similar measures have been used in the past and this one is to bring the installation into uniform compliance with other posts.

Jenkins says the background checks will only take a minute, but anyone with a criminal history will be denied access to Fort Campbell, a sprawling military installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.


Police renew search in 2006 disappearance

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - Police in central Kentucky have renewed the search for evidence in the disappearance of a man last seen alive in 2006.

WKYT-TV in Lexington reported (https://bit.ly/1nxmcK9https://bit.ly/1nxmcK9 ) that Winchester police and Lexington firefighters spent part of Thursday scanning the Kentucky River near Fort Boonesboro for clues as to what happened to tom Profitt.

Police say they were looking for a car connected to Profitt’s disappearance. But officers declined to comment on what led them to the river. Profitt’s car, a 1997 Buick Century, hasn’t been seen since he went missing on May 3, 2006.

When he first disappeared, police said it was suspicious. A few weeks after, they said no foul play was suspected.

In 2007, police thought Profitt’s body had been found in Spencer County, but the remains weren’t his.

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