In what will hopefully by the final scene in a drama long drawn out by one woman’s ego, the Rowan County Clerk’s office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
From the Lexington-Herald Leader:
James Yates and William Smith Jr. paid $35.50 and filled out paperwork early Friday to become the first couple to get a marriage license in Rowan County since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage June 26. Another couple soon followed.
With Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in jail on civil contempt charges for defying a judge’s order to resume issuing licenses, deputy clerk Brian Mason ended the office’s two-month license ban by politely serving Yates and Smith on Friday, even congratulating them and shaking their hands afterward.
“Love won!” marriage equality protesters shouted outside the Rowan County courthouse as the men emerged.
Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter “Doc” Blevins passively watched the crowds chanting and singing, and the news crews doing live stand-ups, and said he wished “it would all end soon.”
“If Kim will just agree to come back and do her duty, then she would get out of jail,” Blevins said. “The keys to her cell are in her own hands. But I don’t think she’s going to back down.”
|After their 6th try, Smith and Yates leave the Rowan County Court House with their marriage license|