Casey County Clerk: Let people buy marriage licenses online

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - A Kentucky clerk of court wants the state to issue marriage licenses online so he doesn't have to.

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says same-sex marriage violates his religious beliefs. He stopped issuing marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay marriage.

Monday, Davis tried to meet with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to ask him to call for a special session of the state legislature so it can pass a law allowing people to purchase marriage licenses online, similar to the process of purchasing a hunting or fishing license.

Beshear was in Louisville meeting with Humana officials. But his staff promised Davis the governor would meet with him.

A spokesman for Beshear said the governor would have to evaluate Davis' proposal.

The fight over same sex marriage is continuing in multiple Kentucky counties. Today the organization that pushed for Kentucky's original marriage ban announced that they would be helping any government workers impacted by ruling.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples because of her opposition to same-sex marriage. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Davis.

Earlier Monday, the head of the family foundation of Kentucky announced they were starting a fund to help pay the legal defense of county clerks and other government employees. They're calling it the Kentucky religious liberty defense fund.

He also called on the governor to take action to protect county and state employees religious freedoms. He said the move wasn't an effort to get around the ruling or protect discrimination of same sex couples.

He said it is, however, a "sincere effort to uphold what has always made America different from all other nations: The fact that our rights come from God and those rights cannot be abridged by any force, nor by any power, nor by any manipulation on earth."

Earlier today Beshear said he thinks the issue will get worked out either in court or at the ballot box.

"We've got a constitutional duty to follow the law, regardless of your personal beliefs, and that's tough, I understand that," he said.



 
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