Kentucky Governor Lays Down the Law to County Clerk Who Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

The saga of Casey Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, continues.


"A Kentucky clerk of court said the state's Democratic governor told him he should either issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or resign from office.

But Casey Davis said he would go to jail before he resigned and vowed he would not issue any marriage licenses in Casey County after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states."

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Kentucky Steve Beshear issued a statement in reply.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

“'This morning, I advised Mr. Davis that I respect his right to his own personal beliefs regarding same-sex marriages,' the Governor's statement reads. 'However, when he was elected, he took a constitutional oath to uphold the United States Constitution. According to the United States Supreme Court, the Constitution now requires that governmental officials in Kentucky and elsewhere must recognize same-sex marriages as valid and allow them to take place. One of Mr. Davis’ duties as county court clerk is to issue marriage licenses, and the Supreme Court now says that the United States Constitution requires those marriage licenses to be issued regardless of gender. Mr. Davis’ own county attorney has advised him that his oath requires him to do so.'"

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Your move, Mr. Davis.