Governor Believes Gay Marriage Licensing Will Come Statewide in Time

Jul 6, 2015

Credit governor.ky.gov

Governor Steve Beshear believes in time, all 120 Kentucky counties will be issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.  Currently, there are a few county clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses.  The governor says it may take a few months before complete adherence to the Supreme Court ruling occurs.  "My feeling is we've got a constitutional duty to follow the law, regardless of your personal beliefs and that's tough for some people, I understand that.  But, really, that's my attitude on it, but I think it will work itself out," said Beshear.

Beshear says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling exemplifies a 'big cultural change' and there are expectedly differences of opinion.  The governor says counties where clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses may see issues resolved in court or at the ballot box.  For now, the governor says there are a number of related issues to work out.  "We're working on new instructions for name changes on your drivers license.  Our revenue cabinet has just put out some new guidelines about who can claim marital benefits and how far back you can go to get refunds," added Beshear.

Beshear says he would be willing to sit down with any clerk who has decided not to issue marriage licenses applications.