GOP nominee for governor says he supports clerk
Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor said he absolutely supports a county clerk that is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Matt Bevin told reporters on a conference call that he supports Kim Davis’ "willingness to stand for her First Amendment rights." He said as governor he would work to change the law so people could download marriage license forms on the Internet and then return them to their county clerk to file just like any other document.
Bevin criticized Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear for refusing to call a special session of the state legislature to pass a law changing how the state issues marriage licenses. He also criticized Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway for declining to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court. Conway is now the Democratic nominee for governor.
Conway has said he supports a new state law that would protect clerks who do not want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But Bevin criticized Conway for not being more vocal on the issue, including for not attending a rally at the state capitol in support of Davis last month.