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New Kentucky governor will strip clerks’ names from wedding licenses

New Kentucky governor will strip clerks’ names from wedding licenses

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin

It seems Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage certificates to LGBTI couples, will soon have an ally in the state’s executive mansion.

Governor-elect Matt Bevin announced yesterday, 6 November, that when he takes office next month he’ll sign an order to have the names of clerks removed from marriage certificates.

‘One thing I will take care of right away, we will remove the names of county clerks from the marriage forms,’ Bevin said yesterday, according to The Courier-Journal. ‘That is going to be done. The argument that that cannot be done is baloney.’

Bevin, a Republican, won the election earlier this week. Present Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat, has argued only the state legislature has the ppwer to alter certificates.

‘We’ve already changed those forms three times for crying out loud,’ Bevin insisted. ‘I do intend to make that change. We will take the names off of those forms. We will do that by executive order. We will do it right out of the gate.’

Davis’ lawyer is pleased with this promise.

‘I think it helps this case tremendously because it shows that there are ways to accommodate these clerks and this is exactly what Kim Davis has requested from the very beginning,’ Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, said to The Courier-Journal.

At least one organization hopes the governor-elect backs down from his promise. According to Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, the group representing county clerks does not want any changes.

‘I assume that (Gov.-elect Bevin) is aware of the fact that the clerk’s association had a vote and voted not to support having the name taken off,’ Holsclaw said to The Courier-Journal.

This past September Davis was jailed for six days, after defying a court order to  grant marriage licenses same-sex couples; this sparked a national debate about religious freedom in public service.

This past Thursday (5 November), the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals denied her latest request for a reprieve on issuing licenses.