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March 13, 2014

Ashland law firm representing state in same-sex marriage lawsuits

FRANKFORT — An Ashland law firm will be the state’s counsel of record for the same-sex marriage lawsuits, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Steve Beshear.

“After reviewing multiple responses to our search for private counsel in Bourke vs. Beshear, the state has chosen to execute a contract with VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann, LLP of Ashland, Kentucky,” the release said. “This firm will be the state’s counsel of record for all aspects of this case going forward, including the issues still pending before Judge Heyburn.  The firm will also serve as state counsel for any separate cases involving these issues, including the pending action in Franklin Circuit Court.”

Beshear said the law firm had considerable experience in arguing before federal courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are confident they will represent the Commonwealth well,” he said.

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