FRANKFORT — Fifty-seven of Kentucky’s 120 county clerks asked Gov. Steve Beshear in a letter Wednesday to call a special legislative session to address same-sex marriage licenses.
Many clerks “now face attempting to balance deeply held religious beliefs and job duties in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage,” Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe and Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown said in a news release about the letter.
The names of the clerks signing the letter were not immediately released. Brown said they might be made public Thursday.
Beshear said Tuesday, in response to a request from House Speaker Greg Stumbo, that he will not call a special session.
Beshear said clerks should follow the law, and any necessary minor changes could be addressed in the 2016 legislative session in January.
Beshear is to meet Thursday with Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who has proposed creating an online system for issuing marriage licenses. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been sued by the ACLU for refusing to issue marriage licenses on religious objections. (KPA: Lexington Herald-Leader)