Pastors want special session in Kentucky over gay marriage
Five pastors and a deacon met with Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s chief of staff on Tuesday to again urge the outgoing governor to accommodate Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ wishes to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The ministers from four counties gave the governor’s office a petition they said had 1,700 names on it asking the governor to call a special session of the state legislature so lawmakers could pass a law exempting Davis and others from issuing marriage licenses.
Beshear cannot run for re-election because of term limits. Beshear’s chief of staff told the pastors the governor would not call a special session because it would cost too much money for an issue that only affects a few county officials.
Tuesday’s meeting comes three weeks before Kentucky’s election for governor.
Also on Tuesday, lawyers for Davis said in a new court filing that altered marriage licenses she issued to same-sex couples are valid because they have been recognized by Kentucky’s highest elected officials. The filing was made in response to a request by lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union asking the clerk to reissue those marriage licenses, because they don’t contain her name and office. Instead, the licenses say they were issued by federal court order.