LETTER: Fifty-seven County Clerks call on Beshear to address concerns of religious objectors to same-sex marriage
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of county clerks in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are calling on Governor Steve Beshear to call a special session to address concerns they have that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage would require them to violate their religious convictions.
On Wednesday, 57 County Clerks from regions throughout the Commonwealth signed a letter asking Gov. Beshear to call an extraordinary session of the General Assembly.
"The recent Obergefell decision by the Supreme Court of the United States has not only impacted Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban, but has put numerous County Clerks' moral and religious beliefs at odds with their current required duties," the letter states. "Many clerks firmly believe that forcing County Clerk offices to issue same-sex marriage licenses when it is against their deeply held religious beliefs and traditions is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment."
The letter goes on to propose a solution.
"Legislators and Clerks of many political stripes working alongside other third parties have been drafting commonsense legislation that would modify Kentucky's marriage laws to satisfy the concerns of the majority of Clerks, while still abiding by the Obergefell ruling," the letter continues. "It is my belief that our proposal could be passed by the General Assembly in an expedited timeframe of the absolute minimum of five days."
"The potential cost to calling a special session is easily justified by the alleviation of future potential lawsuits and relieving the concerns of many County Clerks who serve their local communities," the letter concludes. "I ask that you not just consider the current litigation, but what litigation could be invited after the 2018 County Clerk elections are concluded, if the status quo is to remain in place."
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