It's an issue that's sparking a national debate and now an Eastern Kentucky official is hoping to make a statement when it comes to same-sex marriages. "I think it is a complete joke. It's coming from a judge executive who has no political or executive authority. I think that it's pathetic," said Jordan Palmer with Kentucky Equality Federation. Opponents call the resolution a step in the wrong direction. "It is a step back...if it's inspired by tradition, or just plain old fashion bigotry. I think we should be teaching our children about diversity because diversity in our commonwealth makes us strong. It does not make us weak," said Palmer.
Palmer's complete comments (unedited): "Even if this makes it to the Kentucky Legislature, it would have to pass the constitution amendments Committee (and it would not). However, if the Whitely County Judge Executive believes for one moment that Kentucky Equality Federation, Marriage Equality Kentucky, Louisville's Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, or Lexington Fairness would allow this to go unchallenged, he's mistaken. Kentucky has a lot of good LGBTI organizations, and we are sick of being second class citizens. If motivated by religion, by tradition or by old-fashioned bigotry, this will shed additional light on the fact that LGBTI people are second-class citizens; we are taxed, yet we can be fired for being gay or lesbian and we do not even have civil unions in the Commonwealth, and all of this is coming from the California trial."