The attorney for Brian Mason, the Rowan County deputy clerk who chose to defy Kim Davis and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is concerned that the licenses he has been issuing are invalid because Kim Davis altered the official forms in order to remove her name from them. One of the conditions of Davis’s release from jail was that she not interfere with the issuance of licenses.
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Deputy Clerk Brian Mason began providing the forms to couples earlier this month while Davis remained in jail, and he has continued to give them out following her release.
However, he is concerned that changes to the licenses have resulted in “substantial questions about validity,” Richard Hughes, an attorney for Mason, wrote Friday.
“I discussed with Mr. Mason in my opinion he had done nothing wrong and is continuing to follow his sworn testimony to the court, however it also appears to this counsel those changes were made in some attempt to circumvent the court’s orders and may have raised to the level of interference against the court’s orders,” Hughes wrote.
Added Hughes: “Mr. Mason’s concern is he does not want to be the party that is issuing invalid marriage licenses and he is trying to follow the court’s mandate as well as his superior ordering him to issue only these changed forms.”