Kim Davis case discussed in gubernatorial debate

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Rowan County clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has come up in another debate between the state’s two major-party gubernatorial candidates.

Democratic nominee Jack Conway said Tuesday night he could support a narrowly drafted plan providing a religious objections exemption for officials like Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Conway said the plan would have to be in line with the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Republican nominee Bevin also said he supports an exemption based on religious objections. Bevin repeated his criticism of Conway, the state’s attorney general, for not appealing a federal judge’s decision to overturn Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban.

The hourlong debate at Centre College was broadcast statewide. The candidates are vying to succeed Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

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