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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sides with Legislative Ethics Commission on contribution and gift ban

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the constitutionality of the contribution and gift bans in the Kentucky Code of Legislative Ethics. The three-judge panel ruled on Thursday that the measures “enacted to prevent corruption and protect its citizens’ trust in their elected officials, comport with the Constitution,” and reversed a lower court ruling, which...

Kentucky, three other states in spotlight as appeals court hears same-sex marriage cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit hears arguments at 1 p.m. today on six court cases challenging bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky and three other states. The appeals will be heard by a three-judge panel – Judge Jeffrey Sutton of Ohio, Judge Deborah L. Cook of Ohio, Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey of Tennessee. Following is a brief overview:   The cases   Over the last...