Ruling clears way for Kentucky inmate to get married

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky couple denied a marriage license because the woman is in prison and couldn’t accompany her fiance to a county clerk’s office has won a court ruling that clears the way for them to get married.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove struck down a rule requiring both parties to a marriage to apply for a license in person.

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The case that led to the ruling involves Bradley Jones and Kathryn Brooke Sauer, who’s serving time on first-degree robbery and other charges.

Jones went to Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry’s office seeking a license to marry Sauer. Perry declined to issue the license.

Perry says she couldn’t issue the license because of a state policy requiring both people to apply in person.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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