FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has told the state’s county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.
“The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided. That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support." Said Beshear, during his announcement.
Beshear sent a letter to all 120 county clerks telling them the Department of Libraries and Archives will send them a gender neutral form today along with instructions on how to use it. He told the clerks to consult with their county attorneys with specific questions, but said he knows they will respect the rule of law.
Beshear, a Democrat, made national news last year when he overruled the state’s Democratic attorney general and hired outside attorneys to defend the state’s same sex marriage ban. In the letter he told the clerks that while their oath and the Supreme Court cannot tell them what to believe, it does tell them how to act.