Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kentucky's New Governor Eliminates County Clerks' Names From Marriage License Forms

Kentucky's new Republican governor, Matt Bevin, fulfilled a campaign promise yesterday (press release) by issuing Executive Order 2015-048 instructing the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to distribute to all County Clerks a marriage license form that no longer includes the name of the County Clerk on it. Instead the form merely calls for the name and title of the issuing official-- who might be a deputy clerk.  The change was in response to the widely-followed resistance of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refused on religious grounds to allow her office to authorize same-sex marriage licenses. (See prior posting.) In a press release, Liberty Counsel call the new form "a clear, simple accommodation on behalf of Kim Davis and all Kentucky clerks."