KENTUCKY: Governor Tells Clerk To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Or Resign
Gov. Steve Beshear told Casey County Clerk Casey Davis on Thursday that Davis should issue marriage licenses to every qualified person or resign. The governor also said he won't call a special legislative session to address same-sex marriage issues. Some legislators and county clerks have called for a special session. Beshear met privately for an hour with Davis, who objects on religious grounds to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The governor later released a statement saying he advised Davis that he respects his personal beliefs but he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the Constitution requires government officials in Kentucky and elsewhere to recognize same-sex marriages as valid and allow them to take place, Beshear said. Davis said that he was disappointed with the governor and that he would continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses and would not resign.It doesn't appear that Casey Davis is related to now-infamous Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.