Despite Gov. Steve Beshear’s announcement yesterday that the state of Kentucky would recognize marriage licenses issued by Rowan County deputy clerks without Kim Davis’ name on the form, the ACLU has expressed concerns over their validity.
According to the Associated Press, lawyers representing the same-sex couples who sued Davis said marriage licenses issued following Davis’s arrest could be considered legally invalid given the alterations and that they were reviewing legal options.
In the space that previously listed Davis’ position, the form now reads “pursuant to federal order.”
Marriage license issued to Wampler-Collins lacks Kim Davis's name. "Issued … pursuant to federal court order." pic.twitter.com/80FVXaRgvr
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) September 14, 2015
Daily Kos notes that Kentucky statue states:
The form of marriage license prescribed in KRS 402.100 shall be uniform throughout this state, and every license blank shall contain the identical words and figures provided in the form prescribed by that section. In issuing the license the clerk shall deliver it in its entirety to the licensee. The clerk shall see to it that every blank space required to be filled by the applicants is so filled before delivering it to the licensee.
Related, ACLU to Anti-gay Nebraska Clerk: Don’t Even Think About Refusing to Issue Licenses to Gay Couples
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