Kentucky lawmakers pass bill for 1 marriage license form
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have given their final blessing to creating one marriage license form for gay and straight couples in an effort to defuse the state’s ongoing controversy over gay marriage.
The proposal is a response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs.
Davis said she could not issue the licenses because they had her name on them.
The Republican-led Senate gave the bill its final passage Friday, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin.
Under the final bill, a marriage license applicant would have the option of checking “bride,” ”groom” or “spouse” beside their name. The form would not have the clerk’s name on it.