No meeting for Rowan County leaders at governor’s office

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Six people showed up at the Capitol Tuesday morning trying to meet with the Governor about Kim Davis and the situation regarding same-sex marriage in Rowan County. There was a problem though, they didn’t have an appointment.

The Family Foundation first announced the impromptu meeting Monday night. According to their release, 10 to 12 Rowan County leaders were supposed to come to the Capitol to meet with Governor Beshear to talk about the disruption in Morehead this year following the same-sex marriage Obergefell decision.

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The release said Rev. Randy Smith, along with other Christian Leaders of the community, showed up in an attempt to offer Beshear assistance in resolving the situation with the county clerks.

Only six people showed up from the group. When they walked into the Capitol, Smith told the media that he had a plan to help assure that the situation in Morehead never happens again. He wouldn’t go into detail on that plan.

The group walked into the Governor’s office around 10 a.m. and were ushered into a conference room down the hall from Beshear’s Office. A few minutes later, Chief of Staff Larry Bond and Communications Director Terry Sebastian went into the conference room to meet with group.

An official with Governor Beshear’s office told ABC 36 News’ Paris Lewbel that the governor had no intention of meeting with the group.

The meeting lasted about an hour and 45 minutes. On the way out of the capitol, the group of Christian leader told the media that they were not pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

Later in the day the governor’s office released a statement regarding the meeting. It said, “The Governor’s chief of staff, Larry Bond, met with a group of ministers today. The Governor’s office is always happy to meet with community leaders and citizens and hear their ideas. Mr. Bond reminded the group, however, that the legislature has placed the authority to issue marriage licenses on county clerks by statute, and the Governor has no legal authority to relieve them of their statutory duty by executive order. The General Assembly will convene in just 12 weeks and can make any statutory changes it deems necessary at that time. The Governor sees no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money calling a special session of the General Assembly when 117 of 120 county clerks are doing their jobs.”

According to Sebastian, the topic of the letters from county clerks around Kentucky supporting Kim Davis was brought up during the meeting. The group cited the Family Foundation’s release that 57 different Kentucky clerks sent letters to Governor. The governor’s office only ever received 17 letters from different county clerks. To prove that point to the group, Sebastian briefly left the conference room and retrieved the letters from the office.