UPDATE: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal the decision.
Kentucky's attorney general will not appeal a federal ruling that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
However, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will hire outside lawyers to handle the case.
A federal judge had ordered the ruling to take effect on March 20.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democrat, said he would not appeal. Conway said if he did stand in the way of the order, he "would be defending discrimination. That I will not do."
But later Beshear, also a Democrat, said he would hire someone to handle the appeal.
Another lawsuit in Kentucky demands full marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state. A ruling in that case is expected this summer, unless the state withdraws its defense in that case as well.
Kentucky's constitutional ban against same-sex was approved by voters in 2004.
In recent months, federal judges have ruled for same-sex couples in multiple cases, including Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Kentucky.
Meanwhile, attorneys general in several states have said they cannot defend anti-gay laws.
A hearing regarding the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin case seeking to overturn Wisconsin’s anti-gay marriage laws will take place on March 27.