Yesterday, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order to remove the names of county clerks from state marriage licenses. William Sharp, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, had something to say about that.
The requirement that the county clerk’s name appear on marriage licenses is prescribed by Kentucky law and is not subject to unilateral change by the governor — conceded by the previous administration in court filings. Today, however, a new administration claims to have that authority.
Longtime readers may remember that Rowan County's Kim Davis already took that step in September, defying court orders that she not interfere with marriage licenses coming out of her office. Bevin's order is the unsurprising continuation of the battle that has roiled Kentucky since the Supreme Court declared marriage equality.