No special session, Kentucky governor says after Davis released from jail
In the wake of a defiant clerk’s release from jail, Gov. Steve Beshear is reiterating that he won’t call a special session for the Kentucky General Assembly to overhaul the state’s process for licensing marriages.
Beshear’s remarks came shortly after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis walked out of jail Tuesday. She spent several days behind bars over her refusal to issue marriage licenses. She has cited her religious belief that gay marriage is a sin.
Her supporters have condemned Beshear’s refusal. A handful of clerks sent letters this summer demanding he let the legislature remove clerks from the licensing process. Beshear called it a waste of taxpayer money. All but a handful of clerks have complied since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriages nationwide.
Davis said in court last week that she hopes the legislature can come up with a solution. But on Tuesday, Beshear said it’s time to move on.
He said: "We need to be thinking about so many things about the future of Kentucky."
Beshear and Davis are Democrats.