The Supreme Court DOMA ruling won't be much help for same-sex couples here in Kentucky because, in 2004, Kentucky voted to amend their constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The decision, based partly of federalist principles, does not legalize gay marriage in the rest of the country. The opinion and its holding are confined to the 12 states where gay marriage is considered lawful. Read more.
So how long will Kentucky remain in the dark ages when it comes to same-sex marriage? I have no idea. However the future for same-sex couples here in Kentucky seems much brighter than it did in 2004 and I suggest history won't look kindly on the 2004 vote to amend the Kentucky constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.