Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.
The state's Attorney General released an opinion earlier this summer which said universities could offer DP benefits only if they didn't condition the benefits on a legal status "substantially similar to that of marriage" because that would constitute the recognition of a legal status in contravention of the Kentucky ban on same-sex marriages. It should be pointed out that both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are relying on funds other than state funds to fund the DP benefits plans. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, some lawmakers plan to renew legislative efforts to bar the DP benefits during a special session the governor is calling next month.
Hat tip to Indiana Law Blog.