Casey County Clerk won’t issue marriage licenses

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CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – County Clerk Casey Davis says his conscience won’t let him issues same-sex marriage licenses, so he stopped issuing all marriage licenses.

“I chose, if I can't do it for a same-sex couple, then I can't do it for an opposite-sex couple,” Davis said.

Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Davis says despite possible legal action he won’t change his mind.

"I just want to be able to exercise the same First Amendment rights that these folks are wanting to exercise,” he said.

Davis insists his stance is not coming from a place of hate.

"I don't have a problem with them being married to one another, I don't agree with it,” Davis explained.

Supporters and critics of the same-sex ruling have both sent messages to Davis this week. He says the negative comments have suggested violence.

Davis has been Casey County's clerk for five and a half years. He's worried his stance on this issue will end his term early.

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