This past Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license.
You’ll recall the long drawn-out story from last year of County Clerk Kim Davis who refused to sign any marriage licenses for same-sex couples after the historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality.
Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or same-sex couples can use. Applicants can choose between being called bride, groom or spouse.
“We now have a single form that accommodates all concerns. Everyone benefits from this common sense legislation,” Bevin said in an emailed statement. “There is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”
Michael Aldridge, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, issued a statement saying he welcomes the move which creates a uniform license for everyone in the state.