Kentucky Governor Orders Clerks’ Names Off Marriage Licenses
Only an anti-gay Republican would do this.
Kentucky’s new governor on Tuesday ordered county clerks’ names stricken from state marriage license forms that were at the center of a controversy involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed after refusing to issue licenses to gay couples.
Governor Matt Bevin had said shortly after his election in November as only the second Republican governor of Kentucky since 1971 that he would change the forms that had drawn objections from Davis and some other clerks.
“To ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored, I took action to revise the clerk marriage license form,” Bevin said in a statement.
It was unclear what effect Bevin’s executive order would have on the case of Davis, who made Kentucky a focal point in the debate over gay marriage in the United States when she refused to issue any marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court in June made gay marriage legal across the United States.