KY Gov: Marriage Licenses Issued By Rowan County Clerks Are Valid
Though Kim Davis had hoped otherwise, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced that all marriage licenses issued by her Rowan County clerks while she was away (or refusing to sign off) are indeed valid.
Kentucky state law requires that “every license blank shall contain the identical words and figures.” But Beshear noted that the federal judge overseeing Davis’ case has not raised any objections to the licenses.
The Republican president of Kentucky’s state Senate again called for a special session of the state legislature to change state law to exempt Davis and others who share her beliefs from jabbing to issue licenses. But Beshear again rejected that on Monday.
On Monday as she returned to work after a holiday spent in jail, Kim told reporters: “Effective immediately, and until an access is provided by those with authority to provide it, any license issued by my office will not be issued by me. My deputy clerks do not have the authority to issue a license…Any unauthorized license that they will issue will not have my name on it, but they will say that they are issued pursuant to an authorized court order.”
Kim also pleaded with Gov. Beshear to exempt her from having to do her job and follow the Supreme Court's orders as she came back to work. “I urge governor Beshear, the legislature, and the court to intervene," she said. "They have the authority to provide these types of accommodations.” As noted above, Beshear rejected that once again.