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Kentucky gov removes names of clerks from marriage licenses

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Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis speaks to a crowd gathered outside the county's correctional facility on Tuesady, September 9, 2015, following her release on a contempt charge.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the state to prepare new marriage licenses that do not include the names of county clerks in an attempt to protect the religious beliefs of Kim Davis and other local elected officials.

In a news release Tuesday, Bevin said he has issued an executive order directing the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives to issue the revised marriage license forms to all county clerks. The order comes after Davis, the Rowan County clerk, spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis has said she believes it is within her First Amendment rights to deny the same-sex licenses based on her religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court ruled over the summer that same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states.


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