Judge orders governor to address altered marriage licenses
LEXINGTON, KY (AP) – A federal judge has ordered Kentucky’s Democratic governor to weigh in on whether altered marriage licenses issued by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office are valid.
Davis opposes same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal court order. When she got out of jail, she changed the licenses to remove her name and to say they were issued under the authority of a federal judge.
The American Civil Liberties Union questioned the validity of the licenses and asked Judge David Bunning to order Davis to reissue them. Governor Steve Beshear has said publicly he thinks the licenses are valid and will be recognized by the state government. A spokesman for his office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.