LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Tucked in among nearly 100 new laws in the Commonwealth is one stemming from the ongoing controversy that is same-sex marriage. With it, the way you get married is changing in the slightest way.
Newly formatted marriage licenses are already in the hands of county clerks across Kentucky. They’ll become the new norm starting Friday. The most noticeable difference about them is the options to identify oneself as a bride, groom, or spouse.
The move comes after Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses after a federal decision to allow same-sex couples to wed. The new licenses will also exclude the necessity of the county clerk to sign.
“I don’t really expect to have anything other than happy couples in and choose what they want to have,” says Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins. “You’re no different than anything else. Bring ID, both parties must be present and we’re going to need $35.50 to complete the transaction. Otherwise, we’re happy to see you.”
An area revered and champion for marriage equality says this is a step forward.
“So my hope is eventually, that’s what all couples will experience across our nation and especially is my home state of Kentucky is that when they walk into a clerk’s office, folks will meet them like they meet anyone else and say ‘here’s your license, congratulations and best of luck’,” says Rev. Marsha Moors-Charles of Bluegrass United Church of Christ.
Opponents of same-sex marriage maintain the stance that marriage is reserved between a man and a woman.