Kentucky Matrimonial Freedom Act (HB 572)
This law was last updated on Jul 19, 2016
HB 572 would create the new status of “matrimony” and allow any couple to marry, but only permit married couples of the opposite sex to enter into matrimony.
The bill defines “matrimony” to refer only to the civil status, condition, or relation of one male human being (“husband”) and one female human being (“wife”) united in law for life, for the discharge to each other and the community of the duties legally incumbent upon those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex.
The 454-page bill goes on to replace the term “marriage” with “matrimony” throughout all of Kentucky law. The bill essentially removes all marital rights (spousal visits, parental rights, insurance rights, etc.) for same-sex couples and reserves these rights only for couples that entered into a matrimony.